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Comment on Shakespeare's use of soliloquy in 'Hamlet'. By detailed reference to Hamlet's 1st Soliloquy demonstrate how Shakespeare uses the device to reveal certain aspects of Hamlet's character, state of mind and motivation.

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English Literature Assignment Text: 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare Task: Comment on Shakespeare's use of soliloquy in 'Hamlet'. By detailed reference to Hamlet's 1st Soliloquy demonstrate how Shakespeare uses the device to reveal certain aspects of Hamlet's character, state of mind and motivation. A soliloquy is when an actor speaks to himself addressing the audience only. He or she is usually on their own. It is used in drama so they can reveal to the audience what the character is thinking, the motive and reason, the kind of character and state of mind, and a window into their inner life of a character. This is used in Hamlet many times to reveal parts of the plot, like what characters are thinking that would never have been revealed if it wasn't for soliloquy. An example of this is Hamlets soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 2. Shakespeare uses this device in many other plays, e.g. Macbeth. The device of the soliloquy is used in its most developed and sophisticated form in 'Hamlet'. ...read more.

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6.) Act 4, Scene 4 lines 32 - 66 - this reveals his firm intention to take action at the earliest opportunity whilst at the same time condemning his earlier inactivity. There are no soliloquies in Act 5 - the time for talking and thinking is over - this act is all about the dramatic conclusion to the plot. Claudius's soliloquy: 1.) Act 3, Scene 3 lines 36 - 72 - he considers his evil actions and tries to repent by praying to God. 2.) Act 4, Scene 3 lines 56 - 67 - demonstrates that his attempts to repent have failed and he is determined to have Hamlet murdered in England. In Hamlets main soliloquy, Hamlet is in mourning, Gertrude and Claudius try to cheer him up but it doesn't work. He is depressed because of his father's death, and his mother's fast marriage to his uncle, Claudius. He feels since Claudius has taken the throne off his father Denmark has become gone off and polluted, 'too sullied flesh would melt', he also feels himself has become unclean. ...read more.

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He compares himself to Hercules and considers himself weak 'Than I to Hercules'. 'Salt of most unrighteous tears' he is saying her mothers tears were not genuine, 'unrighteous' and 'o most wicked' because of the speed in which she married to Claudius, 'incestuous sheets!' Moral connotation. It is good and bad, he condemns the relationship between his mother and Claudius, but for the first time he puts it in moral framework. The soliloquy is mainly about his anger and contempt at incest of mother and uncle, it will have bad consequences. He keeps all his feelings inside - oppression. Soliloquies are very important as a dramatic device because it reveals what the characters are really thinking and could make the story better for the audience. If it weren't for this soliloquy in 'Hamlet' we wouldn't find out his true feelings and what he is going to do because he doesn't reveal them to anyone else but himself. John Vaye ...read more.

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