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Hamlet Soliloquy

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Introduction

Hamlet's soliloquy, "O, what a rogue and peasant slave I am!" is principally an expression of his emotional turmoil concerning the chaotic events that are taking place around him. Throughout this soliloquy, Hamlet is evidently taking a ride on a roller coaster of mixed emotions, where he tends to sink deep into his persona, portraying his inner thoughts and feelings towards himself and his delay of action. In Hamlet's personal speech, his character reveals his obvious state of confusion and frenzy as he begins with passing judgment on himself to fretting about his procrastination of taking revenge, to finally motivating himself to the point where he comes to a resolution, thus depicting character to be the most vital dramatic importance in his soliloquy. ...read more.

Middle

(578)," believing that he does signify as a coward for allowing so much time to go by without taking any vengeance and doing nothing on behalf of his own father. Hamlet calls "pigeon-liver'd (II.2.579)" making his character seem as if he is in fear and does not have any will to take action. Also, with the confusion that his mind is undergoing, Hamlet's self-preaching about his procrastination suddenly has him ranting and raving, "I should have fatted all the region kites....Remorseless, treacherous lecherous, kindles villain (II.2.579-585)!" In the starting of his speech, he is disappointed in himself for his lack of compassion about his father's death. Evidence that he is not in his right mind is clear as he then gets irritated with his self for getting emotional, comparing himself to a woman, "Must like a whore unpack my heart with words... ...read more.

Conclusion

Due to Hamlet's sudden resolution, his character essentially gains determination and confidence. Thus, character is the most vital dramatic importance of Hamlet's soliloquy. The confusion that he is in is evidently expressed though his character with his mixture of emotions. He seemed to be very offensive towards himself in the beginning for not showing any grief regarding his father's death. He then sulked about his delay of action, which made him emerge with rage and compassion, and was once again irritated with himself for showing that much emotion. After that, Hamlet finally comes to a solution about avenging his father's murder and capturing his uncle's guilt. While excited about his plan, he starts to think if he should doubt the ghost or not, and then finishes off by once again stating his objective. From beginning to end, Hamlet's character went on a mental voyage from self-disgust to self-assured. ...read more.

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