How does Shakespeare portray changes in Hamlets character in soliloquy one and four

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Hamlet- How does Shakespeare portray changes in Hamlets character through soliloquy one and four.

I am going to be looking at the first and fourth soliloquy in the play “Hamlet” to discover how Shakespeare portrays changes in Hamlet’ character through soliloquy’s one and four. “Hamlet” was written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1601 and is a story based on tragedy. Hamlet is the prince of Demark who has returned from college overseas to mourn his father’s death. When Hamlet returns he finds his mother already re-married to his father’s brother who will become the next king of Denmark. Denmark is on a high risk of invasion from Norwegian troops under the leadership of a young, inspirational prince named Fortinbras.

    After the untimely death of his father, Hamlet’ emotions begin to come clear. Contempt and anger become a daily emotion after his mother’s re-marriage and suicide is a considered option. If not for religion, Hamlet would most likely commit suicide, but this is against his religious beliefs and morals. Hamlet feels self pity which is easily seen in the first line of the first soliloquy. We can see the repetition of the word “too” is used for the emphasis on the “thick skin”. Shakespeare uses the word “melt”. I think this for two reasons; one being that melting is slow but also to emphasise on the suffering and emotion it causes Hamlet as he can’t take any more rumours, rumours surrounding the suspicion of Gertrude’ sudden marriage to old king Hamlets brother. When Hamlet talks about the melting of thick skin, I believe that he is referring to his family’ reputation. Hamlet’s self pity is seen best here, “and resolve itself into a dew!”. Hamlet wants everything to be over and to sort itself out.

    Hamlet is a religious person and it’s easy to see that Hamlet wishes he could kill himself. Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts are unable to be complete due to his beliefs. Here Hamlet blames”God” for not allowing him to die. I think this because Hamlet blames the “Everlasting” for not banishing a sin that which disallows him to commit suicide. This is best seen when he says “not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter”.

    After his father’s death the world through his eyes is bland and boring. This shows us that Hamlet was obviously an admirer of his father and also shows what kind of character his father was, someone who could change someone’s life, make it more interesting. I think this because of the following quotation, “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world!”. In my opinion this shows the beginning of Hamlets downward spiral of depression that is to come.

    Hamlet is metaphorically unaware of what is happening around him. His life is inconsistent and is easily seen to be getting too much for him. This is shown in the following quotation, “Fie on’t ah fie! ‘tis an un weeded garden”. This is a great description as it gives us an image in our mind of what things are like for Hamlet. I believe Shakespeare uses “un weeded garden” to show us that the event in the garden which killed his father is the cause of all his problems.

    Hamlet’s disappointment in his mother shows through clearly in this soliloquy. A good example of this is, “That it should come to this”. This shows us that Hamlet obviously didn’t want it to happen and that the way it happened. Further proof of his disappointment is shown in the following eleven lines, which heavily shows his bitter disappointment and the disgrace his mother has caused. Hamlet tells us that his father was dead for “two months” but then later tells us that he was dead for less than two months before Gertrude re-marries. This is used to emphasise the fact that Gertrude didn’t wait long before re-marrying.

    Hamlet once again suggests that King Hamlet was a great man by saying, “So excellent a king; that was, to this.” Hamlet’s opinion of his father is very high, this is also shown in the following quotation, “Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother”. This tells us that king Hamlet was colossus to his friends and to his kingdom, someone with exceptional importance. Hamlet tells the audience that his father’s opinion of Gertrude was and most likely still is very high. A great example of this is, “he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face to roughly”. This is a great way of showing what his mother meant to his father. Hamlet tells us that his father always “loving” to his mother. Hamlet’s opinion of his father not only gives us a good impression of him but a bad one of his mother. Shakespeare does this very cleverly, as it makes us feel what Hamlet feels; that his mother is a traitor and a disgrace to the Kingdom. Hamlet continues to flout his mother by telling the audience that “she would hang on him”. This gives us the impression that Hamlet believes that she use his father for respect and significance inside the country, which could also be the reason for her marrying Claudius so quickly. He also tells us that he doesn’t want to remember his mother and fathers time together, it can be seen in the following quote, “Must I remember?”. This is a very large statement made by Hamlet which shows massive loss of confidence in his mother and implies that he wants nothing to do with her anymore.

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    Hamlet continues his angry outburst with further insult to his mother. It is easily seen when Hamlet uses “Frailty, thy name is woman”. This is not only an insult to his mother but to Ophelia his girl friend and to all women in general. He describes them as frail which is a major insult and tells us that he has lost all confidence in women. This shows a big turning point in Hamlet’ character as he’s been so loving to Ophelia but now insults her. Hamlet’s disbelief of the fact that her mother re-married so quickly is show ...

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