What quotes in Hamlet express Hamlet as being guilty for his actions?

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Hamlet begins his quest for revenge nearly immediately after his father's ghost commands him.  Unfortunately along the way, he loses his focus, and his nerve. As a result, he begins to feel guilty for his actions, or lack thereof.

First, he realizes after listening to an emotional portrayal of a...

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Hamlet begins his quest for revenge nearly immediately after his father's ghost commands him.  Unfortunately along the way, he loses his focus, and his nerve. As a result, he begins to feel guilty for his actions, or lack thereof.

First, he realizes after listening to an emotional portrayal of a fictional character, that he has been betraying his father's memory.  He self chastises:  "Oh what a rogue and peasant slave and I," (II,i) and questions later, "Am I a coward?" (II,i).  He feels guilty for not having avenged his father's murder in a timely fashion.

Second, his procrastination causes additional reasons for Hamlet to feel guilty.  Ultimately, his feigned insanity has contributed to his beloved Ophelia's suicide.  Upon discovering this tragedy he leaps into her grave, revealing himself to his mother and uncle, and cries in her grave.  He fights with her brother screaming, "I loved Ophelia.  Forty thousand brothers will all their quantity of love could not make up my sum"(V,i)  He is heartbroken to think his actions have caused her death.

Finally, Hamlet realizes a key idea.  He is not sorry for killing Polonius, but he does feel guilty for taking Laertes' father away much like Claudius took his own.  Before the fateful duel, Hamlet offers his hand to Laertes and admits his guilt:  that  "shot mine arrow ov'er the house, and hurt my brother" (V,ii). He realizes that his former friend Laertes and his former girlfriend Ophelia have lost much because of his own actions.

Hamlet has a reason for revenge, but his procrastination has hurt other people as well.  For these offenses, Hamlet is guilty.

 

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