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Hamlet Soliloquy Essay Act 2, Scene 1. Hamlets emotions are apparent in this soliloquy as Hamlet expresses his feelings on the revenge

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Hamlet Commentary Act 2, Scene 2 McDonald A4 Tatia Pacey Hamlet?s soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 2, creates a dual character for Hamlet. Hamlet?s emotions are apparent in this soliloquy as Hamlet expresses his feelings on the revenge as well as the uncertainty of his father?s ghost. Hamlet?s attitude in this soliloquy is full of rage and uncertainty as he describes the situation he is inevitably stuck in. Hamlet berates himself for his lack of passion and frustration for his imminent revenge on his uncle and his ambivalent feelings of attachment and doubt for his father?s ghost. At the start of the soliloquy, Hamlet talks about the passion that the player had when he reenacted Hecuba?s character. Hamlet questions, ?What?s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba? ...read more.


Hamlet calls himself a ?rogue and peasant slave?, which explains why he is not directly acting on the revenge of his uncle, and instead, resides to an indirect approach of constructing a play of his father?s death. This reference continues as he states that he is like a ?muddy-mettled rascal? and a ?scullion?. This repetitive use highlights the self-loathing that is evident in this soliloquy. The frustration continues as Hamlet describes that he should courageously kill his uncle, but in fact, all he can do is mope, acting like ?John-a-dreams?, resulting him only to talk about avenging Claudius. Overall, he questions himself of being ?a coward? as he doubts his ability to achieve success on his revenge, ultimately feeling fearful of the upcoming dangers and death he plans for his uncle. ...read more.


Hamlet states that his father?s ghost ?may be a devil?? thus emphasizes the worry of eternal damnation. Hamlet?s fearful tone towards the end of his soliloquy highlights the juxtaposition on the feelings of love and uncertainty for his father?s ghost. Hamlet expresses his hesitation on the revenge, as he believes that the ghost ?abuses me, to damn me?. Hamlet is cautious about the revenge, and although he wants to be brave, there is also doubt, which may lead to damnation. At the end, Hamlet decides, ?The play?s the thing wherein I?ll catch the conscience of the king?. Even though Hamlet comes to a conclusion, the soliloquy emphasizes Hamlet?s dual character and indecisiveness through the juxtaposition between the desire of passion and fear of initiating the revenge as well as through juxtaposition between attachment and uncertainty of his father?s ghost. ...read more.

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