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The Use Of Soliloquies In Hamlet

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The Use Of Soliloquies In Hamlet In this essay I will discuss in detail and depth, how effective the use of soliloquies are in Hamlet. There are 9 soliloquies in Hamlet, 2 are made by Claudius and the other 7 are Hamlet's. Firstly I will briefly explain each soliloquy then I will take one and explain it in depth. A soliloquy is an effective and dramatic device that is spoken to the audience. A soliloquy is a one-character speech, which reveals the internal thoughts of a character to the audience watching. A soliloquy can only be heard by the character speaking and the audience, other characters in the scene do not hear the speech. In Elizabethan Theatre actors used soliloquies when performing to show the audience the feelings of their character, which will give a dramatic build up to some other scenes. Actors in Modern Theatre use soliloquies to convey their thoughts, which will give some insight to the future of the play. Hamlet's first soliloquy comes in Act 1 Scene 2, Hamlet is feeling sad because of his fathers (King Hamlet) recent death. Hamlet becomes angered because his mother (Gertrude) has married his Uncle Claudius so soon after his fathers' death ("O God a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer - married with my uncle"). ...read more.

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The fifth Hamlet soliloquy appears at the end of Act 3 Scene 3. In this scene Hamlet talks of revenge in the way of the traditional revenger in an Elizabethan Theatre. Hamlet seems to be crazed in taking revenge over his fathers death and starts to change his style of language and emotion. Hamlet says that he is going to "speak daggers" to his mother, this implies that he will not harm her physically but he will make his feelings known. The sixth Hamlet soliloquy is at the end of Act 3 Scene 3. Hamlet has the opportunity to strike death to Claudius but hesitates because Claudius is praying while his opportunity arrives. Hamlet does not kill him while praying because he knows his father was killed in these circumstances and was unable to confess his sins before travelling to heaven. Hamlet believes that waiting to kill Claudius while he is committing a sin will send Claudius to hell for sure. The last Hamlet soliloquy is found in the last paragraph of Act 4 Scene 4. In this soliloquy Hamlet tells us that he criticises himself because of his hesitation to revenge his fathers death. Hamlet concludes that he does not forget to take revenge, but is stopped when thinking of the consequences. ...read more.

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The furnace of anger locked within Hamlet is then lit so soon after his fathers death when his mother marries his Uncle Claudius.(O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer-married with my uncle).The enraged state of Hamlet contributes to Hamlets later decision to take revenge upon the newly proclaimed King Claudius. The state that Hamlet is in prompts him to extreme measures of mourning, as he becomes saddened and suicidal. Hamlet thinks about committing suicide in order to take away the pain and so that he re-join his father in a life after death. After analysing each soliloquy I have come to the conclusion that soliloquies can be and are very important dramatic devices as they will show to the full extent how an character thinks and feels which can improve the audiences understanding of the play and allow the imagination to think about what might happen in the future after taking into account all that a soliloquy offers. Soliloquies are sometimes crucial to the audiences understanding of the play as they don't only show the feelings and emotions of Hamlet and Claudius, but they tell the story line of the play and give information in one speech which would normally be shown in 2 or 3 more scenes. Andrew Steven Howell English Set 1- Hamlet Soliloquies ...read more.

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