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Hamlet. Throughout the play we see Hamlets state of mind through the presentation of his many soliloquies. The language Shakespeare uses such as metaphors, repetition and rhetorical questions shows the development of Hamlets character.

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English Essay Throughout the play we see Hamlet's state of mind through the presentation of his many soliloquies. The language Shakespeare uses such as metaphors, repetition and rhetorical questions shows the development of Hamlet's character. In the first soliloquy we see him express many emotions. Shakespeare shows Hamlet's disgust at his mothers new relationship with his uncle, in many lines. Hamlet talks about 'this' situation and compares his uncle to his father. Hamlet uses 'this' as it is a vague term for his uncle where he does not have to say his name. The comparison 'Hyperion to a satyr' is a simile that shows Hamlet is disgusted that his mother has moved from a 'Hyperion' like his father to a 'satyr' like his uncle. 'But two months dead: nay, not so much'. This quote shows us two things. Firstly it implies Hamlet's repulsion towards the relationship happening so quickly and also it shows us Hamlet's chaotic state of mind as he is sharing his thoughts but goes back on himself. Hamlet is stricken by grief and by the use of iambic pentameter it is clear that the grief of his father's death is weighing heavily on his mind. ...read more.

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This is because we know Hamlet is not a 'whore' in the slightest so it must be a metaphor. This could be saying that Hamlet feels he is selling his eternal soul if he kills Claudius because then he will also be in the wrong. This shows a lot of integrity within himself as he is keeping by his moral principle that it is not right to kill another human being. By the end of the soliloquy Hamlet makes the decision to 'catch the conscience of the king' by using the play to get a reaction out of Claudius. This finally shows some reason as he has a plan. The third soliloquy seems to be one more focussed upon the theme of life and death. This portrays Hamlet as a very confused man. One of the most famous lines 'To be, or not to be' is how Hamlet begins this soliloquy. For Hamlet at that moment, it is an important question, literally one of 'life and death'. This question is always at the heart of the play and Hamlet brings up the matter a lot during the course of the play. ...read more.

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The word 'eggshell' suggests the emptiness in his life. Hamlet carries on to talk about the reasons he should be taking revenge and realises that it is what he must do or '[his] thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!'. Hamlet accuses himself of forgetting his father in that 'bestial oblivion' yet, he thinks his problem could be 'thinking too precisely on the event'. Hamlets reasoning that questions the 'honour' in murder, which has been dominant throughout the play, this time cannot provide a rebuttal. By the end of this soliloquy we see Hamlet has developed and is now more confident. There is only a waver of weakness that we can see and is the last two lines being a sight rhyme. In this soliloquy Hamlet has driven himself to the conclusion with intense and distorted thoughts. However Hamlet's development leading up to the last soliloquy leads the audience to be less surprised by the conclusion Hamlet is finally led to. Hamlet finally accepts that it is his necessary duty to kill Claudius. It is clear that Hamlet's life contains many minor problems which make up the big problem. From the dilemma of wrong feelings and right actions Hamlet ultimately emerges solving the problem realising he is 'Hamlet the Dane' and that death is part of life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicole Turner ...read more.

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