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Hamlet Soliloquy Analysis

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Andy Beck Mrs. Bedell English Seminar 2 January 2005 Hamlet Soliloquy Analysis As Act I of Shakespeare's Hamlet concludes, a conversation between the protagonist Hamlet and the ghost of his deceased father, King Hamlet occurs. In response to the ghost's request for Hamlet to take revenge, Hamlet shares his thoughts with the audience in a soliloquy. Through vows and promises, Hamlet's oral reaction to the King's request exposes his full will for revenge. In addition, Hamlet's word-choice begins to exhibit the blind passion and zeal that characterizes his actions throughout the remainder of the play. These components of Hamlet's second soliloquy together exemplify his complete determination, which ultimately allows him to succeed in avenging his father's murder. ...read more.


He continues, vowing, "thy commandment all alone shall live / Within the book and volume of my brain, / unmixed with baser matter," (I. v. 102-104). By pledging this resolution, Hamlet shows his willingness to devote his entire existence to taking revenge. He will allow nothing to distract him, nothing to adulterate his will power, and nothing to deter him until he takes revenge. Hamlet makes one final vow in the second soliloquy, addressing his uncle, King Claudius, "So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word: / It is 'Adieu, adieu, remember me,'/ I have sworn't," (I. v. 110-112). Adieu in french means good-bye, and with these simple yet unsympathetic words, Hamlet pledges that he will kill his uncle. ...read more.


By condemning his family, Hamlet can remove himself, emotionally, from the chaos by eliminating the familial attachment to his mother and uncle. By viewing them as deadly and villainous, Hamlet can extract revenge without heeding a moral conscience telling him to forgive his own family. He quickly eliminates any factor that could derail his pursuit for revenge. By alienating his family, Hamlet shows his filial duty to avenge his father's murder, and thus his zealous determination to succeed. In his second soliloquy, Hamlet demonstrates two traits that exclusively allow him to succeed in taking revenge. Both by making pledges that show his resolve and strong will and by abolishing his emotional attachment to his family, Hamlet evidences his boundless determination to avenge for his father's murder. 3 1 Beck ...read more.

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