"What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty!"(2.2)Explain the context in which the quote occurs & what it reveals

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This speech occurs in Act II, Scene 2 of Hamlet.  In this scene, one of the many things that is happening is that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are talking to Hamlet.  Hamlet is explaining to them why he has been so depressed.

While he is doing so, he gives...

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This speech occurs in Act II, Scene 2 of Hamlet.  In this scene, one of the many things that is happening is that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are talking to Hamlet.  Hamlet is explaining to them why he has been so depressed.

While he is doing so, he gives this speech in which he asserts that humankind is essentially worthless.  He builds them up by saying all those great things about them, but then he says that people are nothing but dust and it becomes clear that he means all the compliments sarcastically.

To me, what this reveals is that Hamlet has lost his faith in humanity.

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