Hamlet's Soliloquys

Topics: Hamlet, Ghost, Characters in Hamlet Pages: 4 (1414 words) Published: March 29, 2011
Throughout the play Hamlet there are soliloquys, these soliloquys enable the audience/reader to be able to know what the characters truly think and how they truly feel. Although many characters have their own soliloquys, Hamlet’s are the most informative and advance the plot the greatest. In Hamlet’s soliloquys we learn of events that speed his revenge, how he feels about his father’s death and his mother’s swift marriage to Hamlet’s uncle Claudius. Hamlet’s first soliloquy of the play reveals possibly the most about his character in one soliloquy. This soliloquy reveals that Hamlet longs for death by saying “O that this too too solid flesh would melt” (Shakespeare 14) but he cannot kill himself because it is a sin: “His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter.” (Shakespeare 14). Hamlet is considering suicide because he finds life and the world utterly tedious and foul, and overrun with “things rank and gross in nature” (Shakespeare 14). When Hamlet talks about his father he compares him to the sun god Hyperion and his uncle and new king Claudius to a satyr. “Hyperion to a satyr” (Shakespeare 14). Hamlet recalls how lovingly his father cared for his mother “so loving to my mother” (Shakespeare 14), and how passionately she loved him “she would hang on him As if increase of appetite had grown” (Shakespeare 14). When Hamlet thinks of his mother marrying his despised uncle, Hamlet is disgusted at how soon they were married after his father’s death. Hamlets first soliloquy creates a dark atmosphere because he longs for death and condemns his mother’s marriage to his father’s brother. By truthfully revealing his innermost thoughts and emotions, Hamlet’s soliloquy advances the plot by showing the audience and reader how Hamlet feels about the current situation, his father’s death, his own life and mortality, and his mother’s marriage to Claudius.

Hamlet’s second soliloquy follows the visit from the late King Hamlet’s ghost. Once the ghost leaves, Hamlet seems fully...
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