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What does he mean when he says the time is out of joint O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right how could Hamlet possibly go about setting what is already doing right do?

O cursèd spite, That ever I was born to set it right! Hamlet is essentially commenting on the current state of affairs in Denmark, which are out of order. He uses the metaphor of a dislocated shoulder to represent Denmark's confused politics. The metaphor is also applied to time, which is mixed up as well.

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Simply so, what does Hamlet mean when he says the time is out of joint?

When Hamlet decares that time is out of joint he is referring to the disruption of the progression of his lineage. Hamlet had been next in line to receive the crown.

One may also ask, who said the time is out of joint? And still your fingers on your lips, I pray. The time is out of joint—O cursèd spite, That ever I was born to set it right!

Also, do you think Hamlet succeeded in setting things right?

Yes and no. Hamlet does succeed in killing his uncle and stepfather, Claudius, the man who murdered his father and married his mother fewer than two months after the funeral. So, in that sense, Hamlet does "set it right" in that he's exacted revenge on his father's brother and murderer, the king.

Why is Ophelia so upset when she enters?

Ophelia becomes so upset when she speaks with her father because Hamlet had came to talk to her while she was sewing and he was acting in a strange way. He does this because he doesn't believe that Hamlet's love for Ophelia is the sudden change in his behavior.

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