Soliloquy Essay - Hamlet's First Three Soliloquies

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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
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Hamlet's reasoning begins with an image of his father, a noble

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

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