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In Act 2 Scene 1, Hamlet says the To be, or not to be: that is the question (III.i.58) soliloquy. This soliloquy in a way sums up the events that have caused this living hell for Hamlet.

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Jacob Adler March 14, 2009 Hamlet Act 3 Reader/watcher response IBMYP English 10 In Act 2 Scene 1, Hamlet says the "To be, or not to be: that is the question" (III.i.58) soliloquy. This soliloquy in a way sums up the events that have caused this living hell for Hamlet. In this soliloquy Hamlet contemplates suicide. He says that since we do not know what comes after death, we are all afraid and that is why we don't kill ourselves, because life is basically unbearable. I completely understand why Hamlet is feeling this way, and to me it is perfectly acceptable in his situation to have these feelings. His uncle murdered his father, the one man he loved and looked up to; his uncle that murdered his father has now married his own mother, and he cant even be with the one last love he has in his life, Ophelia. ...read more.

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However, the way that Hamlet treated Ophelia during the "play within the play" was totally and utterly unacceptable. No matter what Ophelia has done to Hamlet, she did not deserve to be teased with inappropriate sexual references. Nobody deserves to be treated like that, and Hamlet was completely childish and out of line. Hamlet, I was wrong to have supposed the things so as to have thought. At what time thou came to me last, all tattered up and looking round the bend, I became frightened. I went away to see my father and he bestowed me guidance. I performed out of fear, and I am rightly sorry for how harsh I was. My father was moreover troubled, he thinks thou had gone mad and strong-willed, to take affair to king Claudius. Communally they notion it would be healthier if I stopped meeting with thou before thou got even madder deep in loves aperture. ...read more.

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He told me that guys do that when they're too deep in love. He told me you had gone crazy, and I got scared even more. The way I had acted toward you, was strictly out of fear. I didn't mean to come out so harshly. Since my dad was like already worried too, he went to Claudius to see if maybe he knew what to do. Both of them together decided that it was better for me to ignore your letters and kind of stay away from you before you got even crazier and even maybe dangerous. It was also not my idea to return the gifts and things you gave me. They thought I should do that too. I do really know that you're going through a lot right now, its just I was so lost in like fear that I couldn't really think about what I was doing. I know you probably don't want t hear this but I really am sorry and I hope you understand. ...read more.

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