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What idea does Shakespeare develop regarding the individual in the midst of conflict? This applies to the play Hamlet.

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I think Shakespeare develops the idea of the individual in the midst of conflict through Hamlet’s thoughts and words. This play is as much, if not more, about Hamlet’s existential debates with himself as it is the actual plot. Hamlet is not just in the midst of a conflict in the world: in Denmark. He is also faced with his own mental conflicts about how to act. I don’t think you can single out just one idea that Shakespeare develops with regard to an individual in conflict.

One idea is that the intelligent individual will expend a lot of time and effort contemplating a conflict. Hamlet constantly defers killing Claudius because he wants to carry it out in...

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