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Discuss with reference to language how the soliloquies reveal the character of Hamlet.

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Q. Discuss with reference to language how the soliloquies reveal the character of Hamlet. William Shakespeare is one of the greatest dramatist who wrote plays that offer timeless lessons and reflections on human nature. "Hamlet" is one of his most complex tragedies. Shakespeare was well known for his tragedies, and romantic comedies, some of which are still remembered till date. 'Hamlet' reveals Shakespeare's gift for dramatic depiction and brilliant poetic imagery. The play is related to the Elizabethan concept of the divine right of kings. The idea that the King is a god's directly appointed; killing a King is a crime against social order. Shakespeare contrasts the external conflict with internal trouble. "Hamlet" is a play with moral corruption Since the Elizabethan era considered revenge to be manly and a prince had to be loyal to his duties, Hamlet was forced into a very critical situation, and his inner thoughts have been effectively portrayed through Shakespeare's dramatic techniques. One of the dramatic techniques that Shakespeare uses is cross-reference, "I will speak daggers to her", a similar image is created in the readers mind in Macbeth. Shakespeare makes a powerful use of language to convey the conflict in the mind of a man torn between love and hatred, loyalty and disillusionment. 'Hamlet', has been one of Shakespeare's finest creations, and well known heroes. The use of supernatural elements makes the play more interesting, and the reader's interest is automatically intensified. Hamlet is disturbed at his mother's hasty decision of marrying his devious uncle, Claudius. We see Hamlet's sensitivity, through out the play, especially when he is in contact with other characters in the play. ...read more.

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Throughout the soliloquy there are many arguments marshaled to prove that a women is frail and the best example is his mother, the first women he ever looked upon. He uses sexual connotation to suggest that his mother moved from one bed to the other too quickly. "But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue." This tells us that silence will burden the heart and eventually destroy it. His resentment towards his loved ones is growing gradually. "Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny", this is imagery and comparison. While Hamlet is instructing the players in the "Murder of Gonzago" he tells them not to over dramatize, but in his conversation with Ophelia we see that he doesn't practise what he preaches. We see that Hamlet makes important points regarding an actor's performance. Shakespeare once again points out to a human's false character "God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another". Hamlet uses forceful language to offend Ophelia; "thou shalt not escape calumny, if thou wilt marry, marry a fool". A sentimental character like Hamlet cannot understand how sorrow can be tied to practical wisdom, and he says a balanced person is to be appreciated, "Give me that man that is not passion's slave and I will wear him". The epithet, doubtless intended to differentiate him from the late King Hamlet, is the first indication of his youthfulness, emphasized in the early part of the play. Hamlet's appearance in Ophelia's closet has given rise to much perplexity and critical evaluation. ...read more.

Conclusion

A rhetorical question has been used and it sets the reader thinking, "Be but to sleep and feed". He compares man to "a beast". "Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fust in us unused", Here Hamlet is saying that every man has reason, and that reason should be put to good use. He contradicts himself in the dialogue "Examples gross as earth exhort me". As a prince, he fears making any decisions that involves the Kingdom. He accuses himself for the death of "twenty thousand men". "Hamlet" is a play, which sustains the reader's interest. It deals with not only different family relationships, but also with other formal relationships. It is very easy for the audience to relate to Hamlet's feelings for such emotions have been carried down till today. Shakespeare dramatizes on central issues, and beautifully deals with a lover's feelings, a son's feelings, and an heir's feelings. In other common characters we see other simple bonds that tie any family such as a father and a daughter, and brother and a sister and so on. Hamlet is a play that knocks at the audiences' hearts and brings out a new sense of emotions, leaving them spellbound. Reading this play has not only been a memorable experience, but a moralistic one as well. Time waits for no man, and you never know when it's heading towards you. In the end "Hamlet" leaves us with the message that life is indeed worth living even though you come across many hassles and obligations in life. One of the messages that Shakespeare tries to convey through his books is that good is wasted but evil never triumphs. ...read more.

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