Asked by: Earle Bashinskasked in category: General Last Updated: 13th June, 2020
Why is Hamlet upset with himself Act 2?
Also, why is Hamlet upset with himself at the end of Act II?
There are two major things going on at the end of Act II. First, Hamlet is obviously upset at his failure to accomplish anything as far as his goal of avenging his father's murder. He explains this pretty well in his soliloquy at the end.
Likewise, how has hamlet behavior changed in Act 2? In Act 2, Scene 2 of Hamlet, the rising action of the play brings events closer to their climax. Claudius, suspicious that Hamlet's changed behavior is inspired by more than his father's death, sets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on him.
In this regard, why is Hamlet upset with himself after hearing the players dramatic speech?
Hamlet is upset that the player can make himself so passionate about a mere fictional story, while Hamlet seemingly can't muster the same passion for his real-life revenge.
Why does Hamlet criticize himself in two of the soliloquies?
Hamlet begins his soliloquy by criticizing his lack of passion and ability to express his strong emotions. Hamlet calls himself a "rogue and peasant" and proceeds to say that he would "make mad the guilty and appall the free" if he had the capacity to reveal his emotions on stage.