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Essay considering how Shakespeare portrays Hamlet's dilemma through the soliloquies.

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Essay considering how Shakespeare portrays Hamlet's dilemma through the soliloquies - First Draft The central theme of this play of whether Hamlet should take revenge on his Uncle for his Father's death or not is reflected in both soliloquies (Act 2 Scene 2). Hamlet almost discusses with the audience what his course of action should be, making both soliloquies very powerful and effective, almost the part the audience take away and remember or the famous lines that become common everyday phrases (for example to be or not to be). It's in these soliloquies that we truly see the power of the character Hamlet and begin to become acquainted with him, in an unusually effective depth of emotion and feeling. Shakespeare uses the surroundings to portray a deep, dramatic dilemma through the soliloquies, which gives the play it's strong, tragic genre. Shakespeare wrote in the Elizabethan age 1591 - 1611 a span of 20 years, in which he wrote approximately 37 plays. Most (if not all) of Shakespeare's plot lines aren't of his own creation, but borrowed from other writers. Hamlets story line itself was taken from a man called Saxo Grammaticus who wrote and lived in around the time of 1300. The original real Hamlet title was 'The tragical history of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark'. Most of Shakespeare's plays were associated with the harshness and judgemental side of life. They involved trials and edventual death of an important person (the hero) ...read more.

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be alike, he compares his Father and Claudius a lot in an unexpected way, using symbolically important objects for imagery and juxtaposition to show the utterly astounding difference between the two. '..hyperion to a satyr' This helps the Kings character become more respected and Claudius's become less respected which is needed in order to have successful characters, which in return is needed for the full effect of the play, making the emotion stronger for the characters. The stronger the feeling, the higher the feel good factor for the audience after the performance and thus, the higher the success. The play as we know contains strong supernatural and religious beliefs to interest the audience and make them feel the play seems more allude, to add to the excitement and effect on the audience as a whole. '....That he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly.' Exaggeration is used which makes the audience feel Hamlet really did believe that his father loved his mother very much. I believe wind is a key word used with supernatural beliefs because it is the good option to blame unexplained moving objects on, as the common phrase goes "oh, it was just the wind." Shakespeare's key words are very effective as they shape the whole sentence without the audience knowing it until they read it. 'Why, she would hang on him As if increase of appetite had grown...' ...read more.

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A large part is taken up by Hamlet discussing how an actor can show such great emotion, when there is nothing truly wrong with him, and how would he act then if he really had something piercing his side, as Hamlet does. This then leads onto Hamlet's idea of how to see his Uncles guilt, and that's too make the actors play a play that much resembles what happened between Claudius and his Father on the time of his murder. 'If a do blench then I know my cause...' 'The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch conscience of the King.' In this soliloquay (unlike the other) Hamlet isn't always low, depressed and isolated, sitting and crouching, but he is more frustrated, pacing long strides across the stage and shouting ever so often. 'Bloody, Bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain! O vengence!' These powerful words are most unlike the emotional piercing ones used in the first soliloquay, and would make the audience see how low Hamlet thinks of Claudius, and the obvious reasons why. The two words 'Bloody' and 'Bawdy' villain work well together as juxtaposition, involving the audience making them think and creating a good overview of Claudius. As the last soliloquay, Hamlet again compares a lot to strong symbolic images. 'Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words,...' He seldolmly compliments himself, but continues to compare himself with scum. This suggests Hamlet is not happy with himself or the way he is acting and makes the audience feel emphathy for him, knowing how he is describing himself is not what he deserves. ...read more.

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