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Compare the language and tone of each soliloquy, commenting on how these speeches reveal Hamlets state of mind.

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Aniela Baseley 13FO Compare the language and tone of each soliloquy, commenting on how these speeches reveal Hamlets state of mind. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the tragic hero reveals his inner conflicts through lengthy soliloquies in the play. The first soliloquy sets the scene, for the rests of Hamlets thoughts, feelings and actions. It is here that Hamlets first reveals his hatred for his mother's incestuous marriage to his uncle, Claudius, his low self image and his great respect for his father. Hamlet hates Claudius and strongly idolizes his father, but because he is plagued by the low self image, he does not take immediate action to this and this contributes even more to his existing problems. In the beginning lines of this soliloquy Hamlet is already considering suicide which shows an abnormal state of mind. ...read more.


In Hamlet's eyes Claudius is a beast in comparison to the god-like features of his father. The scene has very graphic imagery using murderous words such as, 'self-slaughter,' 'rank,' and 'gross.' This lays the foundation for Hamlet's vengeful intentions. Hamlet's also comments on how he does not understand why his mother married Claudius in such haste, this deeply affected Hamlet and lead Hamlet to make a generalization about all women. Frailty, thy name is woman(I, ii, 146)! Hamlet displays his inability to separate his emotions from his rational being. Hamlet ends this soliloquy by resolving to do nothing for the time being. He has laid the foundation for the rest of the play, but he has also made a decision that will cause him more pain. ...read more.


Am I a coward. This is ironic because he is concentrating on the actor's expression of grief, not a proactive response, which will only inhibit one's action. Hamlet never discusses the act of vengeance, only the actor's ability to cleave the general ear with horrid speech(II, ii, 569). Hamlet also displays his low self-esteem in this soliloquy as he sarcastically describes his inaction. This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must unpack my heart with words, And fall a-cursing like a very drab...Hamlet is his own worst critic throughout the play. Through this statement, Hamlet incites himself to the point that he plans some action. The play's the thing/ Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. He plans to put on a play that will mirror his father's murder in order to see Claudius' guilty reaction. ...read more.

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