What does Hamlet think about suicide? Include textual support.

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Hamlet is portrayed as a deeply troubled, disturbed young man who is struggling to cope with the sudden death of his father and his mother's marriage to his unscrupulous uncle Claudius. Towards the end of act 1, scene 2, Hamlet offers a moving soliloquy where he laments his terrible situation and contemplates committing suicide. He says,

Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God, God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on't, ah fie! 'Tis an unweeded garden
That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. ... (Shakespeare, 1.2.12

Hamlet clearly views suicide as a possible option to put an end to his emotional anguish. Hamlet desires to commit suicide but does not want to damn his soul. According to Hamlet's Christian theology, his soul would go to hell if he committed suicide: this seems to be the only thing...

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