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With Specific Reference To the Two Soliloquies, Which We Have Studied In Detail, Show How Shakespeare Reveals To the Audience Hamet’S Character, State of Mind and His Problems.

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WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE TWO SOLILOQUIES, WHICH WE HAVE STUDIED IN DETAIL, SHOW HOW SHAKESPEARE REVEALS TO THE AUDIENCE HAMET'S CHARACTER, STATE OF MIND AND HIS PROBLEMS. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ACTOR PLAYING HAMLET? The first soliloquy appears after Hamlet has been deeply insulted and embarrassed by his uncle saying 'tis unmanly grief' and being told that all he has believed in is wrong and childish, and he has just been told to forget about his fathers death because 'your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his;' The final offense was that Hamlet had been told he can't go back to university, but has to stay home with his uncle and mother. I think Shakespeare has set the scene for the next soliloquy very well because of what has just happened to Hamlet. When the soliloquy comes after the moving scene in the banqueting hall, Hamlet speaks of his disgust at his mother's marriage to his uncle so soon after his father's death. Hamlet also speaks of how he hates his uncle and that he is nothing like his good kind father. He is very upset about his mother and uncle being incestuous because it is against their religion. ...read more.


So everything in Hamlets life has been turned upside down or destroyed because, his father is dead, he cannot see his friends at university and he has just been told to stop making a fool of himself. This is a very dramatic speech with lots of pauses, which is shown by the Hyphens, questions, and exclamation marks etc. 'Fie on' t! O, fie!' is a good example of this from the first soliloquy because Shakespeare breaks up the words using pauses so there is more strain on certain parts of the word and certain parts of the soliloquy. Rhetorical questions are used 'To be or not to be' shows Hamlets state of mind because he is asking himself questions that he does not expect an answer for. The dramatic pauses are used to put emphasis on different parts of Hamlets soliloquy showing the more important and serious parts of it. Hamlets sentences are generally short and disjointed in this soliloquy 'To die, to sleep-'showing Hamlet's mood is agitated and he is distressed. Iambic pentameter is used in both soliloquies because it is a recognized poetic device and can reflect normal speech, which is the way Hamlet is supposed to be speaking. ...read more.


In some parts of the soliloquy, Hamlet talks continually, without full stops. At these times, his voice should become dramatically louder, and it could also speed up. This would show the audience he is getting angry, or upset. His voice should soften, and slow down when he feels as though the whole world is on his shoulders. As Hamlet is acting, he should try to convey his emotions through speech, facial expressions and body language. Shakespeare has made an excellent character that a person reading the play or watching it as part of an audience, can really believe in Hamlet as being a real person. This is because of the two soliloquies I have studied make Hamlet look like a real person because he is alone and so the audience can feel more close to Hamlet. Also because it becomes more personal when Hamlet is not talking to anyone and it seems that he is talking to the audience. Also because he lets his emotions come out in such detail the audience can actually relate to what he is saying and so they feel they know what he is going through. Because of all these points I believe that Shakespeare has really captured the essence of creating a person in this case Hamlet and then managing to make the audience believe he is real not just a fictitious character. ...read more.

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