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Read the excerpt for Act III of Hamlet. Hamlet: Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprises of great pith and moment with the regard their current turn awry, and lose the name of action. Which phrase from the excerpt almost adds a tone of self-loathing to the speech?

Jodi Brooks

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Donald Ward on July 5, 2018

"the consciousness that makes the cowards of us all", Even in spite of all the extract can be seen as a tone of self-hatred, because it is a rant that contains only pessimism/negativity, there is only one time where Hamlet mentions himself by including himself with the words "all of us". This, therefore, provides the basis for the rest of the passage, which is based on the phrase "conscience makes cowards of us all", and that is the phrase that really creates the tone of self-hatred in that, again, the whole passage is based.

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