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Hamlet's Soliloquies To understand Shakespeare's plays, you need to understand life in those days. This includes religion, the chain of being, myths & magic, little and large and the way things where run. The main religion being practiced was protestant; people that where catholic where known to be 'potential traitors to their country.' This was all well and good, but when the puritans came, life was different. Protestants, Catholics, and puritans are all Christian based ways of life, with extreme beliefs. The most extreme group are the puritans. They believe anything that gives joy is a sin because they take your mind off god. They believed England's church hadn't gone far enough to its rejection to Catholicism. The kings and queens where thought to have 'divine right', this was the right given by god to rule a country. This belief started the chain of being; this is the hierarchy of things living on earth. (Order of creation) anyone who disrupts it was said to go hell. If you accepted it you would be rewarded in heaven. ...read more.


Hamlet is still around for educational and pleasurable purposes alongside other titles because still to this day, no one can stand up and say I know this play inside out and I can answer any question anyone can throw at me. Hamlet is a play that every one has their own way of understanding it. One of the questions that a lot of people can't answer is "was hamlet really mad?" to be able to even start to answer this question; we need to look deeply into Hamlet's five soliloquies. Shakespeare uses the surrounding around Hamlet to show the audience how he's feeling. At the worst of times the thunder and rain gives us an image of gloom in his head. Now I'm going to write about the soliloquies one by one. Soliloquy 1 This is Hamlet's first soliloquy (act 1, scene 2, lines 129-159) In this soliloquy Hamlet is seeking the rout of suicide to stop all his pain and grief of his father's death and the fact that his mother moved on to another (his father's brother) ...read more.


the more we get scared of it and put it off. Hamlet looks like a man who thinks before his actions and gets affected easily by real life issues. Soliloquy 4 In hamlet's 4th soliloquy, (act 3 scene 3lines 73-95 hamlet stops himself from killing Claudius, his uncle, because he was praying. In religious beliefs, if someone was killed while praying, he/she would be sent to heaven, regardless of his sins. So hamlet wants to kill his uncle at a "sinful moment" where he would be sent to hell. His own father was killed at a time when he had no chance to repent from his sins and prey for forgiveness, so therefore, he is (said to be) in hell. Claudius should get the same death. In these soliloquies I have learnt a fact abut Hamlet that makes him, himself, and a role model for all. He's a man of perfection. In my view, he acts crazy to have an alibi for killing his uncle and tries his best to get a perfect death even if he did lose his own life in the process. He is clever and strategic. ...read more.

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