"In the world of Hamlet, people are anxious about the consequences of their actions" discuss.this is an essay question, and am having a hard time starting it and knowing what to write, can someone...

"In the world of Hamlet, people are anxious about the consequences of their actions" discuss.

this is an essay question, and am having a hard time starting it and knowing what to write, can someone help me please? thankyou

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If I were you, I'd start by thinking about the main character,  Hamlet.  One big clue to understanding his anxiety can be found in each soliloquy.  Since he's talking out loud to himself (and us) we can get a better indication of what he's thinking.  Because he begins with his "antic disposition" at the end of Act I, it can be ambiguous in Hamlet's general conversations, so the soliloquies are a good place to start.  Start by examining them again.  What is the source of his anxiety, and what action is he considering in each (suicide, revenge on Claudius, etc.).  Then take a look at the conversations Hamlet has with his most trusted friend, Horatio. Here, Hamlet reveals the most about his true feelings.  He initially does this with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern until he discovers that they are "playing" him and  are in Claudius's service.

Since this play is so rich, you could answer this question by examining other characters too:  Gertrude, Claudius, Polonius, and my favorite, Ophelia.  The process is the same though, look back at what they say, in particular in each character's most open and vulnerable moments (or when each character is with the person he/she trusts the most).  Use this text to begin understanding what each character thinks about his/her actions.

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