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During the closing Hamlets soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2, Shakespeare explores already mentioned themes in the play, such as revenge and death.

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Rodolfo Martinez During the closing Hamlet?s soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2, Shakespeare explores already mentioned themes in the play, such as revenge and death. As well as developing Hamlet?s character, done by contrasting throughout the speech, both Hamlet?s passion and desire for revenge and Hamlet?s fear and doubt toward his father?s ghost. This speech is first moment when Hamlet finally decides to take some action and start plotting the revenge in the name of his father. It reveals to the audience Hamlet?s conflicts, fears and most inner thoughts. Hamlet?s soliloquy takes place right after hearing the player?s speech. He starts by questioning the player?s skill to show such strong emotions for ?Hecuba?, since he has never really been there, experienced it. He ponders what the player would do if he ?had the motive and the cue for passion that I (Hamlet) have?. (554) Hamlet thinks that the player would ?drown the stage with tears? (555), impact ?the general ear? (558). ...read more.


However all he can do is to ?mope?. (562) He is very frustrated with himself, for being fearful, at which point he questions himself if he?s a ?coward? (565), a recurring question throughout the play, and hence not having the courage or spirit to act because of fear. Thus he calls himself ?a rogue? (545), ?a peasant slave? (544). This questioning of Hamlet?s strength by himself occurs on more than one occasion, ?as I to Hercules?(ACT 1, Scene 2). He does not think he is capable of avenging his father?s murder alone, he is to weak emotionally and afraid of what might happen to him, therefore his idea of acting mad and not taking the fault of his actions. Moreover, further into the speech Hamlet questions whether the ghost is really his father. Hamlet even curses this ghost, wondering it may be ?a devil? who ?hath power T? assume a pleasing shape? (594-595), and ?abuses me and damn me?. ...read more.


working on a plan. Interestingly, even though many characters in the play suspect Hamlets is going mad, this shows that at this very moment he was just acting. He is planning to have the players ?play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle? that he can ?observe his looks? to judge whether he is guilty or not. It is clear that while Hamlet is weak and perhaps a coward, he does ignores every single consequence he might encounter and continues on with the plan. In conclusion, this passage makes use of literary devices, such as metatheater, recurrent ideas, such as the themes of death and revenge, and certain diction to further develop the character of Hamlet, which is at this point still not mad, but rather a schemer, who is taking a lot of precautions before taking a proper revenge in his father?s name. We see a fearful Hamlet, which takes the player?s acting so seriously it makes him ignore his worries and devise a plan against his uncle, a start to his ultimate revenge. Word count: 852 ...read more.

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