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Hamlet Soliloquy Glossary: To be, or not to be: that is the question (3.1.64-98).

native hue of resolution (92)

Plainly, "the natural color of courage" is fiery red. Hamlet believes excessive contemplation paralyzes our ability to take necessary action and turns men into cowards. The face of cowardice is sickly pale. Note how Hamlet's description corresponds to the Renaissance belief in the four humours.

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