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What are the main ideas of Hamlet's soliloquy in Act IV, Scene IV?

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In this particular soliloquy, Hamlet is agonizing over the fact that he has not yet succeeded in avenging the murder of his father. Hamlet is on a ship destined for England, accompanied by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, when he encounters the Captain under the charge of Prince Fortinbras; the Captain tells Hamlet that the Norwegian and Polish armies are about to start a war over a small patch of land which carries little profit. This information launches Hamlet's soliloquy.

Hamlet wonders why others are able...

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