Realism and Imagination Within Hamlet Essay

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The first soliloquy occurs when the hero is left alone after the royal social gathering in the room of state. It emphasizes the general corruption of society and the frailty of women – an obvious reference to his mother’s hasty and incestuous marriage to her husband’s brother – thus expressing a rather imaginatively idealistic outlook on the situation:







O, that this too too solid flesh would melt



Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!



Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd



His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!



How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,



Seem to me all the uses of this world!



Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,



That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature



Possess it merely. That it should come to this!



But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:



So excellent a king; that was, to this,



Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother



That he might not beteem the winds of heaven



Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!



Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,



As if increase of appetite had grown



By what it fed on: and yet, within a month--



Let me not think on't--Frailty, thy name is woman!— (1.2)







Regarding the prince’s reference to the corrupt world as “an unweeded garden,” Northrop Frye’s “Nature and Nothing” explains the imaginative overtones which the Bard
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