What is the character development for Hamlet in Act IV?

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In Act IV Hamlet is becoming, if anything, more erratic and unpredictable in his behavior. Not only has he yet to inflict revenge on Claudius, he's actually beating himself up over it. We see this in Scene 4 when Hamlet wonders how it is that Norwegian soldiers can risk their necks for a meaningless patch of land while he still can't bring himself to finish off Claudius. Ironically, it's other characters in the play such as Claudius and Laertes who show more resolve in planning to kill Hamlet. The young prince's thoughts may be bloody, but his actions—towards Claudius, at any rate—are anything but.

Hamlet's chronic indecision in...

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