"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…

The meaning of this passage is that Hamlet is a person who is (or would be, in other circumstances) most comfortable living inside his own head.  He likes to think and imagine.  He is a person of thoughts, not so much of deeds (like Laertes or Fortinbras).But in these circumstances, his thoughts are troubled so he does not really want to live in his head.  The bad dreams are the conflict between his desire to kill Claudius and his feeling that he should not do so.So, we are seeing that Hamlet’s mental landscape is unsettled.  Normally, it is a pleasant place, but now it is disordered by the murder of his father.
"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…
"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…
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"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." – Hamlet, II.iiWhat does this…
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