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What are the internal and external conflicts that Hamlet faced? The 3 numbers in the parentheses represent what act, scene, and page the quote was in. For example (I,2,135) would mean that the quote would be located in Act 1, section 2, on page 135. I don't know if improvements are needed, but if you can improve it, then go for it.

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Many different responses of internal and external conflicts are reflected in much of literature. William Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet, in which the character of Hamlet deals with both external and internal conflict. Hamlet faces the death of his father and knows that his uncle Claudius is the villian that caused his father's downfall. Hamlet's responses to these external and internal conflicts show how he acts throughout the play.

Hamlet is very agitated and sad for the death of his father who is the king of Denmark.

"Fie on't, ah fie! 'Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely. That it should come to this: But two months dead-nay, not so much, not two. So excellent a king, that was to this Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly (I,2,135). Also, his mother's quick marriage to his uncle Claudius, who's now king keeps him upset " She married. O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to good." (I,2,156). Hamlet feels very emotional and down, and in his first soliloquy, he wonders about suicide because he thinks what is the use of living and putting up with the things around him. "To die, to sleep-no more-and...