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Hamlet First Soliloquy Analysis

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Introduction

Analysis of Hamlets First Soliloquy The first soliloquy witnessed in Act one, scene two, from lines 133 to 164 by Hamlet is an ardent speech that brings about the true character of Hamlet to light. Who till now was not portraying himself truly, especially when around his uncle, Claudius be it through superficial dialogues or actions. So, this soliloquy is significant as it is this speech that reveals the origins or the reasons for hamlet's severe depression. Weariness, despair, nausea and loathing are some of the subtext in Hamlet's soliloquy used to underline the more significant emotions.. Anger and disgust are two of the emotions that he uses to reason why he feels so dejected. Hamlet is disgusted by the marriage of his mother to his uncle, Claudius, grieves his father's death and lastly is aghast in relation to the current scenario he is in and also the value of his life. ...read more.

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Hamlet hence is using allusions to compare his father and Claudius. Hyperion is one who represents the virtues and traits of honor which he uses to speak of his father while a Satyr allusion is used to speak of Claudius's traits which are primarily of greediness. A second instance is when Hamlet comments that Claudius is no, "more like my father than I to Hercules". An allusion and metaphor is used by Shakespeare, to vividly and metaphorically show how much he loathes Claudius. Thus, anything related to Claudius is going to be scrutinized by Hamlet. For this reason Gertrude's marriage to Claudius is not acceptable to Hamlet and is also one of the prime reasons for his extreme levels of frustration. His annoyance takes such a toll on him that he feels that his mother never really loved his father and that her enactments of emotions for him, even at the time just after his death were all false and was displayed only to satisfy her-self. ...read more.

Conclusion

Though he condemns the matrimony but quite mournfully vows the marriage. Since the Soliloquy is the first time where, Hamlet is expressing himself truly. The soliloquy is filled with deep emotions. The use of literary features helps the reader to truly understand what Hamlet is going through and his emotions. Imagery for instance is used to create the somber mood that hamlet is in. So the imagery is mostly dark and "gross" as stated in the play. Other literary features such as allusion and metaphors are used by Shakespeare to clearly distinguish between Claudius and Hamlet and also to emphasize and support Hamlets claims. As stated before, since it is for the first time that Hamlet, has opened up himself so fully the tone is obviously one of emotionality. In conclusion, the soliloquy is meant to help the readers understand the struggle that the character of Hamlet is going through and this is accomplished by it as readers do get a deep insight into the character. Word Count: 801 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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