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Hamlet Soliloquy. I am going to show how significant Hamlet's soliloquys are in the play and how they relate with the plot

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The power of Soliloquy in Hamlet's tragic theme. In this essay, I am going to show how significant Hamlet's soliloquys are in the play and how they relate with the plot, and will expose the different ideas shown indirectly by Shakespeare through Hamlet and i will explain Hamlet as a whole as he expressed through his soliloquys and how he gives the play its tragic theme. The character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" show many strong emotions through the use of his soliloquys and shows the internal battle which he experiences throughout the play giving it it's "tragic" theme. An example of this would be in the first of his soliloquys, where he ultimately contemplates suicide due to the despair that he is experiencing: "O that this too too solid flesh would melt". From this, the importance and significance of Hamlet's Soliloquys during the play show his isolation from society, suggesting the uniqueness of his character. His feelings during his soliloquys also contrast with the behaviour of the Courts, where he reveals his state of mind and the truth, where the courts are more pleasure seeking than decisive when discussing politics. This is shown by Hamlet in his discussion with Horatio where he reveals that "This heavy-headed revel east and west/ Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations...though performed at height." ...read more.


Make up my sum." However, these feelings of sorrow quickly get replaced with anger, where he expresses them early on in Act 1: "I with wings as swift as thought...sweep to my revenge." He does this again in his conversation with Ophelia where he finds out that she has been lying to him, where he exposes her and commands her to "Get thee to a nunnery", and that "I loved you once". This speech indirectly shows his hatred for women, i.e. his mother, where Hamlet exposes Claudius' plan of killing the Late Hamlet and dethroning him for becoming king himself. He appreciates that he needs to act out his anger by saying: "O Heart, lose thy nature, let me be cruel", showing that Hamlet has a soft side, and that he actually wants to kill Claudius to avenge his Fathers death. During Act 3, Hamlet asks some players to act out a speech that he "Chiefly Loved", where he reads out the first 13 lines from memory, signifying the link to his fathers death. The story that Hamlet expects is the fall of Troy and the killing of King Priam by his own son, and to Hamlet, this is what he wants to do to Polonius, where in his soliloquy after the speech, Hamlet rebukes himself for not having the same motivation and passion that Pyrrhus did: "What would he do/ Had he the motive and the cue for passion/ That i have?...horrid speech/...appal the free/... ...read more.


which prompt us into devilism and stray us from the path of God, where Hamlet is demanded by the Ghost to "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" and revenge is forbidden to Christians (Where Hamlet is a Christian prince). Hamlet's job was to make sure that Claudius was guilty, so that his reason for revenge could remain neutral. The debate in which he found himself stuck in was that Death is the punishment/relief of God, and if he was to murder Claudius, he would be putting himself in Gods place, i.e blaspheming. Hamlet questioned if assassination was the only way of punishing in practice? Shakespeare gives Hamlet an alternative plan, based on his religious view that murderers "proclaimed their malefactions", and proclaim meaning to state publicly, which would ultimately dethrone Claudius and save Hamlet from damnation. However, this plan would fail the final request from the Ghost and would oppose his fury. Shakespeare didn't let Hamlet follow his own mind because the play would fail as a tragedy. In conclusion, Hamlet's soliloquys are significant because he, being the main character, has time to explore and share his deepest emotions, ultimately showing how the play is a tragedy, and ideas such as religion within Hamlet's mind when making decisions such as whether to murder Claudius or not, and lastly his soliloquys show how he consults his heart and his mind, showing his self-discipline and power which in the end makes Hamlet a hero. ...read more.

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