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Hamlets Inward and Outward Conflicts

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Kiera Zeledon

on 10 April 2015

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Transcript of Hamlets Inward and Outward Conflicts

After life
Due to Hamlets religious views, he is uncertain what happens after death.
This is also one of the main reasons Hamlet is so unsure about suicicde.
Emotional Distress
Hamlet has the emotional stress of his fathers death as well as his mothers remarriage.
Hamlet has a great deal of emotional stress especially toward Gertrude because he cant physically do anything about her remarriage.
Hamlet also has emotional stress towards Ophelia because she is listening to the things her father and brother have told her and have broken Hamlet's heart
In various parts of the play, Hamlet contemplates suicide
In the beginning of the play, Hamlet becomes depressed because of his fathers death and his mother's remarriage.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Hamlet's supposed childhood friends who are only at court at the request of the King. Hamlet soon discovers that they are spying on him for the king and queen.
Polonius is Ophelia’s father, he is always trying to spy on Hamlet and he has so little faith in Hamlet that he encourages his daughter to end things off with Hamlet.
The murder of Polonius give Claudius a reason to send Hamlet away
Hamlet is labeled as a murderer because of his actions.
After Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, Laertes' father, Laertes is out for vengeance and plots together with Claudius to bring about the death of Hamlet in a fixed sword fight.
Not only only that but Laertes is also seeking to avange his sisters death as well.

Conflict is shown to be paramount in Hamlet. This is seen by the many examples of inward and outward conflict represented in the play that make this drama have the climaxes that it does.
Hamlets Inward and Outward Conflicts
Hamlets Inward Conflict
After life
Emotional distress
Lack of action
"To Be Or Not To Be"
"But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns"(Act 3, Scene 1 lines 78-82)
External Conflicts
Rosencrantsz and Guildenstern
Lack of action
Throughout the play hamlet delays killing Claudius and eventually becomes any with himself for his delays
We see Hamlets true insanity when he acts irrationally
A few examples of Hamlets true sanity would include:
When Hamlet irrationally kills polonius
When Hamlet refuses to tell rosencrants and guildenstern when he put Polonius' body after he murdered him.
When Hamlet sees the ghost of the king but Gertrude does not.
"Now might I do it pat. Now he is a-praying.
And now I’ll do ’t. And so he goes to heaven.
And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned.
A villain kills my father, and, for that,
I, his sole son, do this same villain send
To heaven.
Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge."
(Act III, scene III, 73-79)
"To whom do you speak this?
"Do you see nothing there?"
"Nothing at all, yet that is all i see."
"Nor did you nothing hear?"
No, nothing but ourselves."
(Act III Scene IV, 131-135)
Claudius is the man who killed Hamlet's father and very soon after married his mother and became the king. Hamlet is very repulsed by the marriage and when he finds out the Claudius is the murderer of his father from the ghost, it immediately makes them enemies
When Ophelia died Hamlet truly expressed his love for her.
"I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers
Could not with all their quantity of love
Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?"
(Act V Scene I, 264-266)
Hamlet is sickened by his mother’s quick
remarriage to Claudius right after his father’s
death. He eventually confronts her with what
he perceives to be all her wrongdoings at the
end of Act 3.
Ophelia is Hamlet's love interest who breaks up with him because her father and brother both influence her to do so. This causes Hamlet to become more insane. Later she seems to betray Hamlet by lying to him about where her father is, when in reality he is spying on their conversation. Ophelia’s death also creates external conflict with hamlet because he becomes extremely distort about the fact that she is truly gone.
Hamlet's internal conflit often drove and influenced the external conflit
"'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me."(ActIII Scene II, 360-363)
Laertes- “the devil take thy soul” (Act V scene I,line 252)
“his liberty is full of threats to all-
to you yourself, to us,/ to everyone.
Alas how shall this bloody deed be /
answered” (Act IV Scene I,line 14-17)
“here, thou incestuous, murd’rous, damned Dane, drink off this potion. Is thy union here? Follow my mother” (Act v scene II line 330)
Works cited
"My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced;
No hat upon his head; his stockings fouled,
Ungartered, and down-gyvèd to his ankle;
Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other;
And with a look so piteous in purport
As if he had been loosèd out of hell
To speak of horrors—he comes before me."
(Act II Scene I , 77-84)
"He took me by the wrist and held me hard.
Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow,
He falls to such perusal of my face
As he would draw it. Long stayed he so.
At last, a little shaking of mine arm
And thrice his head thus waving up and down,
He raised a sigh so piteous and profound"
(Act II Scene I, 87-94)
Critical Respone
"Hamlet’s internal deliberations and sensitivities fuel the more physical modes of conflict, and are hence fundamental to the overall sense of drama within what is considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies."

Batchelor, James. Web. 6 Apr. 2015.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York: Dover Publications, 1992. Print.
Batchelor, James. Web. 6 Apr. 2015.
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