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Compare and Contrast two of Hamlet's Soliloquies.

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Compare/Contrast 2 of Hamlet's Soliloquies

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the first and last soliloquies delivered by Hamlet are both dramatically significant to the play, and despite their contrasts in terms of imagery, language, and dramatic devices, are similarly used by Shakespeare in their respective parts of the play. Although they are delivered at far different situations in the play, Shakespeare uses each monologue of philosophical analysis as part of the "introduction" to a very significant section of the play. In this way they are both crucial to the audience's understanding of the events that will follow. In the first soliloquy, delivered very soon after Hamlet has taken the stage and the major past events have been established, Hamlet's strong thoughts about the death of his father and more so the remarriage of his mother are revealed. Through this soliloquy, Shakespeare adds great depth to the character of Hamlet as well as the other central characters. In the fourth act of the play, Hamlet's last soliloquy serves to give the audience clues to Hamlet's motivations, which result in the final events of the play. This last soliloquy is delivered just after the audience has learned of Claudius' plan to

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