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Hamlet - What do the soliloquies reveal about Hamlet and his state of mind?

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Hamlet "What do the soliloquies reveal about Hamlet and his state of mind?" Introduction Hamlet is William Shakespeare's longest tragedy and one of his most famous plays. It was written in 1601. It tells the story of the prince of Denmark whose father has died and his uncle, Claudius, has taken the throne and married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. Throughout the play, Hamlet displays his emotions and inner feelings in soliloquies, and also uses these poetic speeches to depict how his plan to avenge his father's death advances. Hamlet is a student and is very academically minded. His father however was a soldier so a lot of Hamlet's grief is because he could never live up to his father's standards. The soliloquies are used to display Hamlet's state of mind which is changing throughout the play. Hamlet is sometimes portrayed as an unlikeable person but most of the time he is seen as the hero. The soliloquies include Iambic Pentameter and enjambment which make the rhythm, rhyme and the overall flow of the soliloquy 1st Soliloquy The 1st soliloquy, said by Hamlet, takes place just after his father's funeral when Claudius says "get over it" to Hamlet. ...read more.


It is a turning point in his state of mind because he goes from shock and confusion to self-pity. The soliloquy does not contain as many metaphors as the other soliloquies. However, two rhetorical questions are asked that make the audience think about what he asking. He asks himself, "Am I a coward?" this makes the audience think about if he is a coward. There is also repetition and alliteration of the words, "... bloody, bawdy, villain! Remorseless, treacherous, kindless villain!" This enforces these words which is what he thinks of Claudius. The audience will feel pathos for Hamlet because he is annoyed at his Uncle. The first line of the soliloquy is very powerful because it shows what he is thinking; "Now I am alone". He is metaphorically alone because he is the only one that knows about his father's murder. However, he is also literally alone because he has no one left to care for him; his father is dead and is mother as gone of with Claudius. About half way through the soliloquy he changes his state of mind. He says the line, "O vengeance! ...read more.


He starts with a very suicidal state of mind after his father's death. He then finds out that his father was murdered so he becomes very angry. He ends up with a very revengeful state of mind as he plans to kill Claudius and revenge his father. This was Shakespeare's intention - to build up Hamlet's state of mind, as well as the audience's reaction. The audience may feel a bit of empathy for Hamlet because he is quite a tragic character. However, other may see him as cowardly and self-obsessed which may annoy some audiences. The most tragic figure throughout the play is Ophelia as she is most affected by Hamlet and in the end goes mad. Conclusion From reading the soliloquies I have learnt a lot about Hamlet and his state of mind. I think that he is a very pathetic and cowardly character. In soliloquy 3 comes up with his plan to kill Claudius but the end he still hasn't done it. He had plenty of opportunities to kill Claudius but he didn't so I see him as a coward. He is also pathetic because he goes on about him committing suicide. If Hamlet had died, his father would not even consider committing suicide. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ollie Payne 11B Hamlet ...read more.

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