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What impact does Shakespeare achieve by placing Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy immediately prior to his encounter with Ophelia?
Because Hamlet has been weighing the merits of life and death, he is circumspect and thoughtful in his meeting with Ophelia.
Because Hamlet has opted not to kill himself, he is especially forgiving of and grateful for Ophelia as a part of his life.
Because Hamlet has been depressed enough to contemplate suicide, he is moody and out-of-sorts in his conversation with Ophelia.
Because Hamlet has chosen life by default, he is now open to its infinite possibilities and hopes to reconcile with Ophelia.
Because Hamlet has decided not to take any action, he is overcome with apathy and indifference toward life.