Hamlet Soliloquies In Hamlet Analysis

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William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a tragedy focusing on the character Hamlet, who is summoned to attend the wedding of his uncle to his mother and forced to avenge his father’s murder by killing King Claudius, his uncle. This task weighs heavily on his mental state and leads to further conflict. As with most tragedies, death is inevitable, and in this scenario, quite common. Death comes to all, from the sweet and misfortunate Ophelia to the sinister King Claudius. Hamlet is not immune from death either as he is sadly killed by Laertes who also seeks revenge after the death of his late father, Polonius. Much of the plot’s focal point is on the Hamlet’s state of mind and how it deteriorates as the play progresses. While it is not quite …show more content…
His lack of action proves hazardous to his own well being as well as others since several characters die because he failed to rid himself of his task sooner. This resentment that soon harbors Hamlet’s soul is directed towards his uncle, his mother, and most importantly, himself. In his most passionate soliloquies, Hamlet seems to be deeply disturbed as he sees the only thing lacking in his ability to kill the King is a worthy man able to handle the pressure associated with avenging his father’s honor; Self-deprecation and conflicting ideas are results of his compiled frustrations with the world and those are a part of his life. Shakespeare uses the themes of disorder, revenge, and motifs of decay and nature in Hamlet’s four soliloquies to help convey that Hamlet is not insane, but his conflicted nature and suffering are huge factors of his …show more content…
In a vacant area during the wedding, Hamlet is seen discreetly vociferating about the marriage between Gertrude and Claudius. The message of this soliloquy is quite evident as he is wishing upon himself that “this too sullied flesh would melt” since he has been

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