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Discussing Hamlet.

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Introduction

GCSE English Shakespeare Coursework By Adam Thorogood 11F Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The story follows the main character, Hamlet, in his struggle to deal with the sudden death of his father and his even more sudden remarriage of his mother to his uncle, Claudius. Hamlet discovers Claudius in fact murdered his father, and soon swears vengeance upon the new king. Throughout the play Hamlet opens up to the audience and shows them what he is feeling at that time using soliloquies. Hamlet if often doubtful of himself and forces himself to rethink his actions. Soliloquies are important in this play as Hamlet often changes his view and feelings on things and the 7 soliloquies reveals this to the audience. ...read more.

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which is the reason he didn't kill himself at the time of soliloquy 1 (as he didn't want to go to hell). Hamlet is a procrastinator. This is shown throughout the play when he decides to put actions, that he sworn he would do. For example in soliloquy 6 he makes excuses for himself not killing Claudius, "To take him in the purging of his soul, when he his fit and season'd for his passage? No." This is showing that he is not a man of action and will not take action unless he has thought everything through. Hamlet is often angry at his mother. For example in soliloquy 5 he expresses how he will treat his mother, "I will speak daggers to her, but use none." ...read more.

Conclusion

yawning and breathing. Hamlet at times does not believe in himself, and compares himself to Fortinbras in soliloquy 7, "led by a delicate and tender prince who's sprit with divine ambition puff'd" here he is looking up to Fortinbras as he is leading his men to possible death over such small land yet Hamlet cannot kill the murderer of his father, "How stand I then that have a father kill'd; and a mother stain'd". This shows Hamlet is self-conscious and feels unworthy, as he cannot commit the act he swore to do. In total there are 7 soliloquies in Hamlet. Soliloquies are important as they express to the audience or reader what the character is feeling without the other characters "hearing" (even with some characters on the set they never actually hear the soliloquy). Every soliloquy tells the audience what state of mind Hamlet is in which is important as he is always fluctuating between moods, from depressive to confidant. ...read more.

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