The Soliloquies of Hamlet Essay

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The Soliloquies of Hamlet

Shakespeare certainly makes extensive use of the wordplay technique called a soliloquy with the character of Hamlet, his protagonist in the tragic drama of the same name. Hopefully this essay will enlighten the reader on the subject of Hamlet’s soliloquies.

Mary Z. Maher’s “An Actor Works at Connecting with His Audience” gives an interview with renowned actor Ben Kingsley, who tells how a soliloquy enables the actor on stage to connect most closely with the audience. Is this the reason why the dramatist used so many soliloquies?

They were so close they were almost hanging off my nose, and I thought that if we didn’t allow ourselves to connect with them we would lose out. There was
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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!--

A little month, or ere those shoes were old

With which she follow'd my poor father's body,

Like Niobe, all tears:--why she, even she--

O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason,

Would have mourn'd longer--married with my uncle,

My father's brother, but no more like my father

Than I to Hercules: within a month:

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,

She married. O, most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!

It is not nor it cannot come to good:

But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue. (1.2)

Such soliloquizing might prompt the reader to analyze the hero in a psychological manner.

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