Soliloquies in Hamlet by William Shakespeare Essay

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A soliloquy is a literacy device that is used to reveal the innermost thoughts of a character. Shakespeare uses soliloquies to expose fascinating insights into the thoughts and actions of Hamlet and in doing so: the readers can grasp his character. The first soliloquy of the play, introduces the main theme for the rest of hamlet’s thoughts and actions, this soliloquy allows the audience to understand hamlets inner thoughts that are repetitive throughout the play. Secondly, Hamlet’s famous soliloquy “to be or not to be” portrays him as a perplexed man, who is unsure of himself and often fluctuates between two extreme endings. In this soliloquy Hamlet reveals to the audience he is both suicidal and indecisive. The final soliloquy indicates…show more content…
In this speech the bitterness toward his mother expands to a general hate towards women. The audience can infer this characteristic of misogyny through the lines “Frailty, thy name is women” (1.2.146). By this quote Hamlet expresses that he believes all women are weak and he will never be able to have a loving relationship with a women again. In Hamlet’s first expression of emotion he compares this Father to his Uncle, confirming his dislike of Claudius. Hamlet is unaware that Claudius is the murder of his father but it is still evident that he is not fond of him. Hamlet confesses that Claudius will never be as great as his father through the passage “My Father’s brother, but no more like my father than I to Hercules” (1.2.154-155). Hamlets love for his father is undeniable as he speaks nothing but praises and he refuses to associate Claudius with similarities of his father. The audience is able to recognize the grief hamlet his experiencing from the death of his father and the hatred that is developing towards Claudius. Throughout Hamlet’s first soliloquy he states his inner thoughts and life crisis, revealing his character to his audience. In Hamlet’s soliloquy “to be or not to be?” the audience views a philosophical side of Hamlet, who contemplates death and life. This soliloquys is based off of Hamlets internal debate on the advantages and disadvantages of existence and in doing so; the audience as an insight into Hamlets depression and

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