what does Hamlet's appearance (i.e. manner of dress) tell us about him/her?


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Act II/ Scene I

Ophelia's description of Hamlet.

"My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,

Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced;

No hat upon his head; his stockings foul'd,

Ungarter'd, and down-gyved to his ancle;

Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other;

And with a look so piteous in purport

As if he had been loosed out of hell

To speak of horrors,β€”he comes before me."

In this section Ophelia describes Hamlet as unkempt, anguished. In reality, she doesn't yet grasp the full reality of what is transpiring and sees him as lovesick.