What are the conflicts Hamlet faces in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

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There are two major kinds of conflict: internal and external. Internal conflict is the struggle that one goes through inside. External conflict includes a struggle with another person, with nature, with God (or the "supernatural"), or with society. Hamlet faces almost all of these conflicts.

The one that is perhaps most central to Shakespeare's Hamlet is Hamlet's struggle within himself about whether the ghost that appears to him is really his father or a spirit sent from the devil. Hamlet tells the others that see the ghost that it is "honest," but he spends the rest of the play looking for proof to support what the ghost has said: that Claudius killed Hamlet's father. This is an internal struggle for Hamlet because he knows that it is a mortal sin to kill a king. If Claudius is innocent and Hamlet kills him, Hamlet will forfeit his eternal soul. After a great deal of skullduggery and the pretense of insanity, Hamlet devises a plan to prove Claudius' guilt by adding a scene to a play very similar to...

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