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Hamlet's Personality


Hamlet easily guesses that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been sent for by the king and queen and, after winning their reluctant admission, tells them that he knows why, since he has of late lost all his mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with his disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to him a sterile promontory.

What do these statements reveal about Hamlet?


That he has eavesdropped a conversation between Claudius and Gertrude arranging for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s visit to Elsinore.


That he is a suspicious and paranoid individual who suspects ulterior motives in everyone.


That he is an intelligent and self-aware individual who recognizes when something is amiss.


That he is so self-absorbed and consumed with his own importance that he thinks himself the center of the universe.


That he knows himself to be an unlikable person who cannot maintain friendships.