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Compare how Shakespeare uses language in Two of Hamlet's soliloquies to dramatise Hamlet's feelings 'Hamlet' is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1601, which depicts a tragedy and romance. I am going to compare the language used from two soliloquies and explain how it dramatises Hamlet's feelings. Hamlet's depression is provoked by his Father's sudden death and his Mother, Gertrude, marrying his uncle only a month after this dramatic loss. His depression was later spurred on when Ophelia was denying his letters and refused to speak to him. Rumours were then spread that Hamlet was mentally unstable. This was not true, however: he acted as if it was. Hamlet speaks his feelings of depression in soliloquies. A soliloquy is a speech made by actors to themselves. Shakespeare writes many soliloquies that Hamlet speaks for they dramatise his feelings and what he wants to do about them. He feels suicidal, which is shown by a line in the first soliloquy in Act One, Scene Two that says "O that this too too solid flesh would melt". The "O" in this quote shows that he is pleading for God to kill him or to let him kill himself and put a sudden end to his emotional pain. "Solid flesh" refers to cold, solid and dead bodies. ...read more.


He is still obviously mourning over his Father's death and asks himself why his Mother married so quickly to such a disgusting beast that is not human enough to marry her He thinks that his Mother marrying his brother 'with such dexterity to incestuous sheets'. Claudius does not live up to the standard of Hamlet and how he thought of his Father as superior He see's Claudius as inferior in al ways to his dead Father, and is doubly sickened because of his Mother's strong attachment to Claudius. "It is not nor it cannot come to good"; Hamlet is saying and there for feeling, that the people that he could look up to in life have departed and that his entire world has been altered. In soliloquy 2 in Act 3 Scene 1, Hamlet's feelings are dramatised by the use of language. The tone of this soliloquy is thoughtful. The powerful and famous quote that is synonymous with this world renowned play of 'Hamlet'; "To be or not to be, that is the question" shows that he is asking himself whether or not it would be better to die or to live his life. He lists the problems and the wrongs within his life and then says "ay, there's the rub", which means he understands the problems he has and why they are causing him to feel depressed. ...read more.


"Nymph, in the orisons, be all my sins remembered"; He wants pretty Ophelia to think of his while she prays. This soliloquy is ended when Ophelia asks Hamlet if he is doing well. Within this soliloquy, Hamlet uses dramatic language to show that he is clearer of what he wants to happen. It seems as if he has learnt from the difficult questions that he has asked himself about death, whereas he was stating what his problems were within the first soliloquy. In soliloquy 1, Hamlet reaches into his troubled mind and finds the problems and what he thinks is wrong with this life. Throughout the rest of the act, these problems seem to get worse for Hamlet thus Soliloquy 2 is acted. In soliloquy 2, Hamlet asks himself questions about his worries and them answers them. This makes it much clear to him about what he needs to do about them. I have sympathy for Hamlet as he is still mourning over his Father's sudden death and has to deal with the inevitable pain of his Mother's marriage to his Uncle as if his Father never existed. However, I feel that Hamlet is incapable of taking any action to avenge his Father's murder even though Claudius committed such a heinous crime, Hamlet would be hypocritical to stoop as low as his beloved Father's killer Thus the task is too emotionally heave for Hamlet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chase Biddle English Hamlet Page 1 ...read more.

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