What’s the meaning of Hamlet’s saying “…for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”?

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Entity Paradigm 38 Rep.

In Act II, scene ii, what is the meaning of Hamlet’s saying: “…for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”?

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This happens when Hamlet’s school friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern mysteriously appear at palace. King and Queen send them to take information about Hamlet and when they come, Hamlet goes crazy. In fact, Hamlet speaks in form of riddles with his friends. He says Denmark as a prison. Rosencrantz responds by saying, “We think not so, my lord.” Then, Hamlet snaps that it all happens in one’s perception and he thinks it as a prison. Here Hamlet is not kidding in a sense that after his father’s death, showing up of his ghost and hasty marriage of his mother, he feels totally trapped.

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