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Hamlet and the Three Soliloquies

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Rosemarie Turner 12:2 Miss Stybelska Hamlet and the Three Soliloquies There are three soliloquies that Hamlet makes by p124; they are all very informative about Hamlet. They let the reader know how he is feeling, what his views on the world and Denmark are and his plans for what he will do next in the play. First Soliloquies (P74) This soliloquy is said before Hamlet knows the truth about how his father really died. It is quite soon after his father's death but already his mother has wed again and to make it worse it is to his uncle. The wedding has left Hamlet very confused and extremely upset as he feels his mother ahs betrayed his father by marrying so soon. "And yet within a month - Let me not think on't." L145. He also feels this is incestuous. ...read more.


Second Soliloquies (P120) By this time, Hamlet has been visited by his father's ghost and is believes there is a possibility that Claudius killed his father. He is unsure, as he does not know whether the ghost was sent from the devil. A group of players has come to Denmark and showed Hamlet a seen of someone who has lost a loved one. Hamlet feels very inadequate after seeing this, as he believed the actor showed more emotion than he did when his father died. "Is it not monstrous that this player here...Could force his soul so to his own conceit." L448. He has a very low opinion of himself because of this and also because he feels that all he is doing is thinking about his feelings rather than acting upon them. "Yet I, a dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak like John-A-Dream." ...read more.


L56. The reason that Hamlet comes to for not killing himself is partly as he does not believe he will get to Heaven and also as he does not know if the soul dreams in death. "To die, to sleep - To sleep - perchance to dream." L64. He does not want to dream, as this will be a real to him as reality is. At the end of the soliloquies the only thing he is certain of is not to kill him. He is still indecisive about whether his uncle is guilty or not. This third soliloquy shows how Hamlet seems to have digressed rather than progressed about his anguish. This may be because he keeps going over and over the same thoughts about how his father was great and his uncle is awful. Despite the fact that it is possible Claudius is a murderer, Hamlet might have done better had he moved on, as it does not seem that avenging his father's death will bring him any happiness. ...read more.

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