Hamlet Soliloquies

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Hamlet was written in the early 1600s.The tragedy of Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is popular because of the way Shakespeare uses Hamlet to show the complexity of the human mind is. Shakespeare uses soliloquies to reveal Hamlet’s innermost thoughts. Through the soliloquies, the audience learns of Hamlet's struggle to face his internal conflicts, deciding when to avenge his father and his disgusted feelings about his mother’s lustful marriage. Also the soliloquies, which will form the basis of my essay, help the audience to trace Hamlet’s mental process. Shakespeare explains the influence someone’s state of mind can have on the decisions that they make in Hamlet. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the 3rd and 4th…show more content…
The " undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will” is the only thing keeping him from death; the unknown. This keeps him from choosing death due to the fear of the afterlife and the suffering that might be in store. He soon realises that even in death he might not escape his problems. The mystery of what comes after death is what keeps Hamlet from ending his life. Hamlet’s tone helps in emphasising Hamlet's mixed thoughts on how to deal with things. He says people are "cowards" under an "oppressor" whose purposes are "sicklied". These words suggest that he’s disgusted by humans and life. Instead of fighting the battles he’s confronted with, conscience takes over. “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”, with this quote in mind, it is no wonder that Hamlet is still struggling with avenging his father. Hamlet's conscience is making him a coward by not letting him kill Claudius. Hamlet tries to lessen the effects and counteracts his own thoughts by using words such as "nobler", "devoutly" and "respect" to put into view an implication of suffering as being something that should be respected. "Devoutly" is usually used to describe a religious commitment so Hamlet could be making reference to the fact that it is better to put up with life than death and the unknown suffering in may hold. The number of questions in this soliloquy help in conveying Hamlet’s state of mind as it emphasize Hamlet’s internal dilemmas
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