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Discuss the significance of Hamlet’s Soliloquies.

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Discuss the significance of Hamlet's Soliloquies. In the play "Hamlet" the eponymous character fills the audience with confusion with his faux madness and his bizarre lies, he tells the audience one thing yet in reality means and does another. The only time that we, the audience can truly see Hamlet's true thought is during one of his famous soliloquies for which the play is justifiably famous. In these soliloquies Hamlet attempts to forward his actions toward killing the King but in reality the soliloquies just serve to hinder the story as the make Hamlet's mind a muddle of contradicting thoughts and ideas. Soliloquies played a major part in many Elizabethan plays as they served as a useful narration device for the audience and gave them a clear insight into the character's feelings, motivation and reasons behind their actions at a specific point in the play. They also give the audience an idea of what the character may be doing later in the play as their future actions are also outlined as the soliloquies take the format of the character's line thought. ...read more.

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This nihilistic attitude is displayed by Hamlet many times. This first soliloquy give the audience a clear picture of Hamlet's thoughts at this point in the play (although his depression and mourning are made clear by his earlier actions such as his black dress etc the audience is not made aware of the reasons behind his mourning such as his hatred of his uncle and feelings of his mother's betrayal of his father). Hamlet also gives us a brief background of events leading up to the beginning of the play. The audience is given an impression of Hamlet's hatred of the world the uses of which he calls "stale, flat and unprofitable". Hamlet also lets the audience know his dilemmas and the fact that he must "hold his tongue" and speak of his grief. 08712300300 08705133097 08701606050 Each of Hamlet's soliloquies concerns different emotions from Hamlet as each shows his feeling at different points in the play. ...read more.

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The only times during the play that Hamlet acts are when he is succumbing to impulse. Polonius' appearance behind the curtain scares Hamlet into stabbing blindly and, after his mother is poisoned, when Hamlet kills the King. This lack of action is usually countered by soliloquies yet in this play Hamlet's soliloquies only serve to hinder his actions by raising more questions in his mind. Any anger and rage which could have been used by Hamlet to good effect toward the king is gradually diminished throughout the soliloquy until Hamlet ends up with little or no resolve or determination so the soliloquies are detrimental to his final goal. Another trait which becomes increasingly familiar to Hamlet is his masqueraded madness of which the reader never knows if it is truly Hamlet's felling or if he is using madness as a fa´┐Żade to lull the court in to a false sense of security. As this madness increases Hamlet's soliloquies begin to contain stranger and stranger themes. Hamlet begins to lie even to himself. ...read more.

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