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Title: Hamlet - Cultural Identity

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Subject: Shakespeare
Author: Anonymous
Date: July 1, 2009
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In Hamlet's first soliloquy after the encounter with the ghost early in the play, when the ghost tells him that he must seek revenge, Hamlet quickly acknowledges his duty as a son. Hamlet: I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past... And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmixed with baser matter...

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(I.5.99-104) Hamlet seems to decide with determination that he will "wipe away" all of his memories of "youth", and all "past pressures" so that the ghost's "commandment" to seek revenge would be his only focus, without the distraction of "baser matter". Hamlet's duty as a son is shown clearly at this point where he accepts the ghost's words, be it from fear or loyalty, and he appears to decide that he must fulfil his duty and kill Claudius...

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