The actor's speech about Hecuba makes Hamlet feel like "a rogue and peasant slave" for not having exacted some revenge on his uncle sooner. The actor only feels a "fiction, a dream of passion," and yet he can force himself to exhibit such signs of grief and sadness that he grows pale and his voice breaks. Hamlet, on the other hand, feels that he has exhibited even less passion, despite the fact that he actually feels more; the actor appears to be more active and passionate regarding a story than Hamlet appears in his own real life. He asks himself, "Am I a coward?" It seems during the speech at the end of act 2, scene 2 that he feels he is a coward, that he is "pigeon-livered" and lacks "gall." He thinks that, if he were truly brave, he would already have killed Claudius, his uncle, and fed the man's innards to the birds of the region. This pondering seems to result in a renewed resolve to pursue his uncle, ascertain the man's guilt, and then punish him.