After watching the actors, why does Hmalet say "o what a rouge and peasant slave I am" in Act II, scene ii?
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Yes, this is one of my favourite soliloquys. The player has just finished reciting the story of Hecuba’s (the Trojan Queen) response to the death of her husband, King Priam. Hecuba reacts in a way that Hamlet wishes Gertrude might have acted after the death of Claudius; instead of screaming in the streets she jumps into the sheets with his killer. During the monologue Hamlet notices the player shed a tear. Hamlet is mortified that this player can feel such passion about a story and he, who has real reasons to cry, just sits around and does nothing. Hamlet calls himself a coward and goes on about how he needs to man up and avenge his father's death.