Explore the Different Ways Shakespeare Uses Hamlet's Soliloquies to Convey to the Audience Hamlet's Thoughts and Feelings at the Time of Speaking.

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"To be or not to be…"- that is Hamlet's dilemma. To be or not to be a revenge hero, to kill or not to kill? Shakespeare uses soliloquies to show Hamlet's feelings, and his thoughts, to show how he changes his mind during four of his soliloquies. However, it is not always clear if he is acting his "madness" or those are his own sincere thoughts. I will be commenting on four of his main Hamlet soliloquies, which are: "O that this too too solid flesh would melt", "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I", "To be or not to be…" and "Now might I do it pat, now a is a-praying". I will try to show his state of mind at different situations of dilemma.

In the first soliloquy Hamlet is very sad and angry: it is been three weeks after his father's death and his mother has just married her own brother-in-law. He really thinks that his mother is being unfaithful to his father. Hamlet is lost and locked in his own mind. He does not want to think about all the events happening around, but he can not help doing so. He is very upset and doesn't know what to do, what makes him think about death: doesn't want to live but doesn't want to commit a suicide (condemned by the church) either. That is the context of the first soliloquy. The second soliloquy (Sol. three) is much clearer, he has seen the Ghost and heard what he had to say but he's not sure whether he should believe him or not as he could be from the dark side. In fact in this soliloquy Hamlet is a lot stronger: he is planning to reveal his uncle's behaviour. Hamlet has just seen some actors and wants to use the play in his revenge. He thinks that if Claudius watches a re-enactment of what he has done, he will definitely show his guilt. The next soliloquy (Sol. four) is the most popular of Hamlet's soliloquies: "To be or not to be…" where Hamlet is having a conversation with himself about death and life. But that definitely is not sincere, because he was called by Claudius and he expects someone to be there. He is trying to...
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