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Compare the character of Hamlet as presented in his soliloquy of Act 3 Scene 1 and his soliloquy in Act 3 Scene 2.

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Compare the character of Hamlet as presented in his soliloquy of Act 3 Scene 1 and his soliloquy in Act 3 Scene 2 Hamlets character changes dramatically between in these two soliloquies, as his state of mind is very different. In the soliloquy of Act 3 Scene 1 his mood is very much suicidal and he feels that there is nothing worth living for. In Act 3 Scene 2 he has a purpose. He is preparing and motivating himself to do things, which are not typical of his character, 'Now could I drink hot blood.' In Act 3 Scene 1 he is obviously depressed, and it is only his ability to think of the consequences of his actions that stops him from killing himself, 'To be or not to be, that is the question.' ...read more.

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In the soliloquy of Act 3 Scene 1 we see private Hamlet, he acts very different to when he is in public as he is able to shows his feelings more, 'take arms against a sea of troubles', Hamlet is clearly depressed however it is only through his soliloquies that the audience are aware of this. In Act 3 Scene 2 the Hamlet takes on the role of avenger. His purpose is different and he wants to be able to things that he would not normally do, 'Let me be cruel, not unnatural.' In each soliloquy Hamlet uses imagery to help express himself. In Act 3 Scene 1 he uses imagery to express his troubles, 'thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to', he says that the many problems he faces are 'eating away' at him. ...read more.

Conclusion

weighing up all of his options, he is clearly thinking as he is talking as he repeats himself, which shows that he has a lot on his mind and he is trying to think rationally. In Act 3 Scene 2 he is able to think more clearly, which makes his speech more fluent and to the point. This is because his purpose is clearer which makes him more rational and single-minded, 'give them seals never my soul consent.' The language he uses is also more precise, he is now thinking what he will do, and not what he could or might do, which makes the speech more definite. He is now instructing himself whereas in Act 3 Scene 1 he is asking himself questions in order to he try to deal with his problems. ...read more.

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