act 2 scence 2

why is hamlet so moved by the first players performance concerning the death of priam and the grief of hecuba?

what good reason does hamlet give for not going through with murdering his uncle?

how does he plan to get the proof he needs to condemn his uncle?


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The Hecuba speech follows a narrative of everything his mother did not do. Hecuba is loyal, loving, and (most of all) emotionally ruined at the death of her husband by a brother’s hand. Hamlet compares this to his mother who he feels did not mourn her husband's passing and, instead of condemning Claudius, promptly married and consummated the relationship.