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  • Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2
  • ..."How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!..."
  • Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
  • Ay, my lord.
  • "Dost thou hear me, old friend? Can you play The Murder of Gonzago?"
  • Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1
  • "To be, or not to be? That is the question— Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles..."
  • In this scene, Hamlet is showing us how he truly feels about his mother marrying his uncle and he reveals why he is thought of as being mad. He is still mourning his father, but it is not deemed acceptable anymore, so he feels stuck and doesn't know what to do. This idea comes up again later in the play when Hamlet acts very harsh towards his mother. 
  • After the actors perform the play they had planned, Hamlet asks them if they can do a certain play with some added lines as his plan to see if Claudius killed his father or not, his idea being if the play represents what the ghost told him, Claudius should react in a way that proves that he poisened the former king, his brother and therefore he would be avenging his father's death. 
  • Hamlet is yet again contemplating suicide, but this time he is applying logic to the situation instead of just emotion. He is actually thinking through the pros and cons in a rational way. He brings up the issue of religion as well which I believe to be one of the main reasons he decides against it.
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