The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, By William Shakespeare

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In the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare Hamlet’s personality can be understood through his soliloquies. All of Hamlet’s soliloquies show Hamlet’s deeply rooted self-hatred and his willingness to die. Throughout all the soliloquies, Hamlet’s main concerns that caused him trouble occurred when he was confused about what actions he should take in order to keep his honor, duty, religion and sense of morality unharmed. His passionate personality is complemented by an endlessly logical intellect, to try and find a solution to his misery. He turned to religion and ended up finding it unable to help either end his life or to avenge his father’s death and kill Claudius.
Hamlet’s first soliloquy occurs in Act I, scene ii (129–158). Hamlet recited these lines after enduring an unpleasant scene at Claudius and Gertrude’s court and he was later asked by his mother and his uncle, now step father, not to return to his studies at Wittenberg but instead to stay in Denmark against his wishes. During this soliloquy, Hamlet thought about suicide for the first time, “too too sullied flesh would melt”(I.ii.129), and that “the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter” (I.ii.131-132). Here Hamlet was thinking about suicide for the first time and how he wished that god has not made it a sin. Suicide seems like an appealing alternative to a painful world. However, he felt like suicide was a closed option to him due to it being forbidden by his…

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