The Significance of Soliloquiest to William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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The Significance of Soliloquiest to William Shakespeare's Hamlet In this essay I will consider the significance of the soliloquies in Shakespeare's Hamlet. When Shakespeare wrote his plays he intended to make them entertaining for the era of his time, which was of course the Elizabethan era. At this time there was no technology available, and going to the theatre was the only real form of entertainment that was offered to the people. To ensure that the plays were enjoyable, Shakespeare had to include aspects that were relevant to the people, so that they could relate to what was happening. During the Elizabethan period teachings of Greek mythology were very common, and Shakespeare does relate…show more content…
In the very first scene Barnardo (officer of the watch) says "who's there?" to which Marcellus replies "what, has this thing appeared again tonight?" The use of language creates a very anxious atmosphere, which makes the opening moment of the play very gripping and dramatic. Shakespeare creates this anxious atmosphere by using aspects of the supernatural, the guards that are on duty talk to Horatio (a close friend of Hamlet) about a ghost that they have seen. They tell him that the ghost looked like the late King of Denmark (Hamlet's father). The ghost says nothing to the guards, or Horatio "Stay! Speak, speak, I charge thee to speak!" Horatio decides to tell Hamlet about the ghost as he believes that "This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him." The characters, Cladius (King of Denmark), Gertrude (Queen), Hamlet (Prince of Denmark), Polonius (counsellor to the King), Laertes (Polonius' son), Ophelia (Polonius' daughter), Voltemand and Cornelius (Ambassadors to Norway) and Lords (Courtiers) are introduced. Claudius announces to the court that he has succeeded his brother as King of Denmark and has married his brother's wife. He also informs the court that Fortinbras (Prince of Norway) threatens their state. Cladius advises Hamlet to put away his grief of his father's

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