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Unlike Hercules, Hamlet drowns in words and perpetually struggles toward understanding. Knowing his weakness, Hamlet decries his inability to commit suicide, revealing his devotion to the laws of Shakespeare’s religion. Hamlet refers to Gertrude’s marriage to Claudius as incestuous, though history and cultural practices often encourage marriage between a widow and her brother-in-law. Elizabethan laws had only recently been changed to ban such unions. ” The Ghost’s misery reinforces Hamlet’s belief that the Ghost is in earnest.
Cousin kinsman. This word was used for any near relation; here it would refer to nephew. sun a pun on son, again indicating Hamlet’s dislike of the new relationship between himself and his uncle. nighted black, signifying deep mourning. obstinate condolement grief that is contrary to the will of heaven. corse corpse, dead body. impart behave. bend you incline yourself. Be as ourself in Denmark Claudius is extending to Hamlet all the special privileges and prerogatives belonging to a crowned prince.
The characters enact two more premeditated entrapments. First, Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to continue their spying. Second, Polonius and Claudius hatch their plot to have Ophelia stage a confrontation in which Hamlet will reveal himself to Ophelia while Claudius and Polonius spy. Claudius appears to care deeply about his tortured nephew but confesses his guilty conscience in an aside. Claudius gradually reveals the depth of his criminality and at the same time engenders sympathy— the paradox of evil—by exposing his human fallibility.