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Comparison of Hamlet Soliloquies

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Introduction

Contrast and comparison of two of Hamlet's Soliloquies Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' presents us with many apparent elements that are expressed through various mediums. One of the most effective mediums is the use of soliloquies. This journal entry will breakdown the first and last soliloquies delivered by Hamlet and denote there meanings whilst contrasting and comparing them. In regards to the soliloquies it is evident that they are both significant to the play and progress of the characters. It is evident that these two soliloquies add importance to the progression of the play as they deliver differing situations in the play. Shakespeare uses each soliloquy as a philosophical analysis that introduces upcoming themes and happenings. ...read more.

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The last soliloquy has been preceded by the unveiling of Claudius' plan to kill Hamlet in England and is used by Shakespeare to portray how Hamlet has changed thus his reasoning has formed a new rational Hamlet. "Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd" This part of the first soliloquy is compared to "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will," and it is evident that there was abandonment of God/Heaven/Hell and a now a realization that they do exists with God having a master plan that we all subconsciously abide by. One of the major changes in Hamlet's character (which is suggested by the language used in the first and final soliloquies by Hamlet) ...read more.

Conclusion

As a result, no ideals are established and the foul and gross physicality of nature is dominant. Hamlet calls humans "beast" characterized by the "bestial oblivion" whilst making several other references to less attractive elements of life such as "egg-shell", "gross as earth", "stain'd", "blood" and "grave". Although these elements are stated in this soliloquy there is an absence of acknowledgment of the celestial. There fails to be any mythological references made and even when God is stated the reference is lacking in number and importance. Hamlet does refer to God once "he that made us", but again the importance is lessened due to the lack of capital in "h". Shakespeare fails to give away any definite indication of Hamlet's beliefs; there is a distinct reduction of Hamlet's use and dependence on the spiritual and celestial. ...read more.

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