Hamlet will ignore “trivial” thoughts of his past, especially from when he was a “youth” because they are insignificant; he will only remember his father’s commands and every action Hamlet takes will be fueled by his need to bring justice to his father. In Hamlet’s mind, everything is now “baser matter” and insignificant. At the end of the soliloquy, Hamlet clearly states his intentions:
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables—meet it is I set it down
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain; 115
At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.
So, uncle, there you are.
Now to my word:
It is ‘Adieu, adieu! Remember me.’
I have sworn't. (I.5.114-119)
Hamlet refers to Claudius as “villain” and discusses how he can “smile, and smile” and act like he’s innocent after he committed an unnatural act. Hamlet’s dehumanizing of Claudius allows Hamlet to justify his plans to murder Claudius. Hamlet’s last line in the soliloquy cements his intentions of murdering Claudius in order to rectify his father’s