A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak,
Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
And can say nothing; no, not for a king,
Upon whose property and most dear life
A damn'd defeat was made. Am I a coward?
Hamlet vents feelings of guilt and self-loathing because he’s unable to express himself in the urgency of crisis, whereas an actor, who isn’t even experiencing what he’s experiencing in real life, can express his feelings with realism and eloquence.
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