In “Hamlet”, written by William Shakespeare, the main character Hamlet has many mixed feelings about his life and what his mother is doing. He is very upset, frightened, mad and depressed about his Uncle marrying his mother. The use of a soliloquy allows the reader an opportunity to get a more in-depth view of hamlets character. Shakespeare has used a number of stylistic devices including imagery, diction, contrast, and metaphor to convey Hamlets turmoil.
The first part of the soliloquy expresses grief and sadness. The use of repetition of the word “too” in the opening line forces the reader to realize that the thoughts are intense, and that they line is read slow. This means that the speaker could be depressed. “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew” (1-2). The use of the metaphor and contrast comparing his body to natures dew, quickly gives the sense that Hamlet wants a dramatic change.
The next lines follow talking about death and how he wishes that he could die, if god would let him. “O that the everlasting had not fix’d / His cannon ‘gaisnt self-slaughter!” (3-4).
He follows with another example of metaphor to show the reader how Hamlet is feeling. “Tis an unweeded garden / that grows to seed: thing rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely. That it should come to this!” (7-9). This device leaves the reader with Hamlet’s reflection of how everything in the world needs thoughtful attention or it will go bad or rot. His tone here is clearly very angry and probably quite loud.
Another stylistic device used to emphasize Hamlet’s negative emotions is allusion. For example when describing his mother’s attitude after his father’s death, he says she is “Like Niobe, all tears” (21). This comparison to the mother in Greek mythology who killed her children then cried about it shows that he does not trust her. Allusion is also used when comparing his own father to his...