Soliloquy Essay - Hamlet's First Three Soliloquies
Hamlet's words consistently attempt to translate abstract thought into
concrete understandable forms. The characters surrounding Hamlet
(except Horatio) never grasp Hamlet's leveled meanings, and he
constantly struggles with (yet sometimes manipulates) this
misunderstanding. On periodic occasions, Hamlet is left alone on
stage, able to express his thoughts-unmasked, pithy, direct, complete.
These occurrences comprise Hamlet's soliloquies, and each reveals
succinctly and powerfully Hamlet's state of mind as each soliloquy is
delivered throughout the play.
"O that this too too solid flesh would melt" is Hamlet's utterance of
requested suicide to …show more content…
character manifest in his duties as king and in his treatment of
Gertrude. "So excellent a king" and "so loving to my mother that he
might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face to roughly,"
proclaims Hamlet. Opposing, Hamlet depicts his uncle as "no more like
my father than I to Hercules," not a noble character in the least.
The extensive disparity between his father and his uncle is incredibly
clear to Hamlet. This clarity poses the difficulties in establishing
Gertrude's purposes in marrying Claudius just two months after King
Hamlet's death; this act Hamlet cannot seem to resolve.
Hamlet decides, begrudgingly, that only lust could be motive for
Gertrude's heinous actions, lust derived from being a woman. This
answer is unsatisfactory for us as the audience and for Hamlet as
well, but Hamlet can discern no alternate explanation. Moreover,
Hamlet's censure of evils to the female sex, commencing in the first
soliloquy, reoccurs throughout the play in subsequent conversations
with and about Gertrude and Ophelia.
Although Hamlet knows well the vile acts of Claudius (the usurping of
the throne and the seduction of his brother's wife) Hamlet reacts only
to Gertrude's actions, since she is his