Discuss with reference to language how the soliloquies reveal the character of Hamlet.

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 Q. Discuss with reference to language how the soliloquies reveal the character of Hamlet.         

 William Shakespeare is one of the greatest dramatist who wrote plays that offer timeless lessons and reflections on human nature. “Hamlet” is one of his most complex tragedies. Shakespeare was well known for his tragedies, and romantic comedies, some of which are still remembered till date. ‘Hamlet’ reveals Shakespeare’s gift for dramatic depiction and brilliant poetic imagery. The play is related to the Elizabethan concept of the divine right of kings. The idea that the King is a god’s directly appointed; killing a King is a crime against social order. Shakespeare contrasts the external conflict with internal trouble. “Hamlet” is a play with moral corruption Since the Elizabethan era considered revenge to be manly and a prince had to be loyal to his duties, Hamlet was forced into a very critical situation, and his inner thoughts have been effectively portrayed through Shakespeare’s dramatic techniques. One of the dramatic techniques that Shakespeare uses is cross-reference, “I will speak daggers to her”, a similar image is created in the readers mind in Macbeth. Shakespeare makes a powerful use of language to convey the conflict in the mind of a man torn between love and hatred, loyalty and disillusionment.

                ‘Hamlet’, has been one of Shakespeare’s finest creations, and well known heroes. The use of supernatural elements makes the play more interesting, and the reader’s interest is automatically intensified. Hamlet is disturbed at his mother’s hasty decision of marrying his devious uncle, Claudius. We see Hamlet’s sensitivity, through out the play, especially when he is in contact with other characters in the play. Hamlet is a philosopher’s price and a very sensible and remarkable human, but his vacillation leads to his tragedy. He is of a meditative, reflective and philosophical bent. He is so philosophical in his nature that all his decisions are subject to scrutiny. He is the scholar’s prince but everyone calls him to be the man of action. That’s the heart of his tragedy; being one person he cannot slip into different roles. He cannot be a man of action because he’s too deeply philosophical. The epithet, doubtless intended to differentiate him from the late King Hamlet, is the 1st indication of his youthfulness, emphasized in the early part of the play. Hamlet represents a 21st century person with the same social background. Hamlet’s character in the play is of diverse emotions and attitudes towards other characters. He deals with all the relationships that make a human complete. We see this as and when he comes face to face with his mother, Gertrude. Gertrude’s character is so negative and insignificant that she arouses in hamlet the feeling, which she is incapable of representing. Hamlet is possessive of his mother and cannot stand the thought of her sharing a relationship with his uncle.  Hamlet’s fine nature is shown to us, even as a disturbed lover. We see that Hamlet is surrounded by treachery and deception, and in spite of this he manages to be a loyal friend. As a lover, his varied actions and sentiments tell us a lot about his character. His disturbed state of mind is usually shown to us when Ophelia and Hamlet are alone on stage. Even though Hamlet tries to be indifferent to his lover we still see that he finds solace in his love. We see that hamlet is a Human of great substance and is a true man of the Elizabethan era. As a son he keeps to his word and obeys his late father. His deep respect and sadness is hyped through this particular action. Hamlet’s feelings as a nephew towards his uncle Claudius tell us that he respects relationships. Different means of procrastinating are only an excuse to prolong the life of his uncle. It is because of these two main characters that Hamlet ends up in a bewildered state of mind.

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Friendship is a theme that reveals a new side of Hamlet to the audience. His dedications and trust in Horatio reveals his innermost thoughts. Shakespeare shows us that Hamlet is dual faced. He could be a true friend, but if deceived he could be an enemy. His admiration for Horatio and cold attitude towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tells us that he is a philosophical prince, and he is sociable and that he respects people who do not reach the levels of his own social status. He confides in Horatio throughout the play. His laid back attitude, and unrevealed fear ...

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