William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Robin Talukder

Mr.Chalmers

ENG4UO

June 12th 2015
Hamlet 's Downward Spiral to Insanity through Unique Soliloquies

The true soliloquy is a speech that an actor delivers alone onstage to either himself or an audience.. In William Shakespeare Hamlet, Hamlets soliloquies appears to generally reveal that he is pure but that he has adapted impulsive behaviour and enters his downfall into mental instability. Nonetheless, the soliloquies and set speeches have a fulfillment of place revealing much about Hamlet and his overall development in character.

The first soliloquy is on Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 92-112. It is right after the ghost of Hamlet’s father leaves having charged hamlet with the duty of taking the revenge upon the murderer of his
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Hamlet now refers to his mother as the “most pernicious woman” and to his uncle as a villain, a “smiling damned villain”.

The second soliloquy is located on Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 129-59. This is after Queen Gerturde and King Claudius recommends Hamlet in the open court to throw off the deep sorrow, a tragic consequence of grieving his father 's death which has lead him to obsession as well. Queen Gerturde and King Claudius believe that hamlet has abundantly suffered enough from the loss of his father. Before the soliloquy, Queen Gertrude and King announce their marriage and they think the court couldn 't handle any more extra grief which upset Hamlet even more. The soliloquy gives evidence of Hamlets strong love for his dearest father and how important he was in his life. Furthermore, it shifts it 's focus on the character of the dead, giving the presumption that he was an affectionate husband and a very admirable father. This soliloquy also points out that Queen Gerturde decides to marry King Hamlet 's brother rather quickly, not taking into account that it may be too soon and ignoring a respectable time frame. Hamlet blames his mother for her lack of delay and he is worried about her having fallen ' 'to incestuous sheets ' '[1.2.159]. His view to his mother, his dead father and his new father are all made understandable to the audience at this point. However, readers may guess mythical characters. His referral to the
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