In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, what is Hamlet's greatest fear?

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A university intellectual, Hamlet finds himself immersed in a world motivated by revenge, lust, envy, and cupidity--carnal desires against which the cerebral prince is ill-equipped.  Thus, Hamlet is dubious about battling against them, and his greatest fear is that of taking wrongful action and, as a result, then being humiliated.

  • Hamlet worries that the ghost may have not been real and that his killing of Claudius be unjustified; for, after all regicide is a serious matter. If...

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