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Hamlet Deliberately Conceals His True Nature From The Other Characters. He only shows his true personality I his soliloquies and his conversations with Horatio. What Do these Speeches tell us about Hamlets State of Mind?

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Hamlet Deliberately Conceals His True Nature From The Other Characters. He only shows his true personality I his soliloquies and his conversations with Horatio. What Do these Speeches tell us about Hamlets State of Mind? In this essay I shall be looking at three different speeches or soliloquies by Hamlet in the play. I shall be looking at how Hamlets state of mind differs as the play progresses. I will also be exploring Hamlets changing attitudes towards life and death. Act one Scene two lines 129-159 Hamlet begins his soliloquy by saying 'O that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew,' this tells us straight away that he wishes his he could just melt away from existence and disappear as part of a dew. This shows that he is clearly not happy with his life at the moment and wishes he could just end it all here and then. He then gives his reasons why he cannot just end it all and kill him self now by saying 'Or that the Everlasting had not fixed, His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.' He therefore knows that if he does commit suicide then it is a crime against god . He uses gods 'cannon' as a metaphor for gods ability to be able to damn people into hell. So he knows that he would be damned to hell if he were to kill himself now. ...read more.

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This soliloquy tells us that Hamlet is unsure if what he has to do. He is clearly very unhappy with his life and would happily end it if god hadn't made it a sin for suicide. He is not only unhappy with the world but also the people which are in his life like Gertrude and her rapid re-marriage, the death of his father, his disgust for Claudius and all the other people who were close to the king when he died but who have now disregarded his death after less than two months. Act three Scene one Lines 56-89 Hamlet begins this soliloquy in very much the same way which he started the first - contemplating suicide. 'To be or not to be, that is the question' Here he means to live or not to live, so he is wondering whether it would be better for him to live or die. He continues - 'Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer, The Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take up arms against a seas of troubles, And by opposing end them.' He is asking himself whether it would be better (more noble) to suffer the world and all its evils with an 'outrageous' future and live it out. Or if you cannot cope with the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' then you have nothing else to do but suicide. ...read more.

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Hamlet has finally come to terms with death and is no longer contemplating suicide because he knows his death is coming. He has also realised that no matter who you are in life, in death you are the same as every one else in that you will end up as just a pile of bones in the end. Throughout the play Hamlets mind has been constantly obsessed with the idea of death and of what happens to you after you die. In the first soliloquy Hamlet is contemplating suicide but knows that if he were to do it god would damn him. In the second soliloquy Hamlet thinks about man as a whole and less about himself he believes that people only put up with life and don't kill themselves is for fear of what may happen to them in the afterlife. In the final speech to Horatio Hamlet has finally come to terms with the idea of death and has given up on the idea of suicide because he knows that his death will come, he will not look forward to it nor will he be scared of it. These three speeches/soliloquy's help you to understand how Hamlets state of mind changes as the play progresses and as he becomes more and more accustomed to the idea of death but still it never leaves his mind. Chris Peabody 10c ...read more.

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