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Explain the soliloquies of Hamlet.
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A soliloquy is a speech that a character gives when on stage that reveals his/her inner most feelings to the audience. Hamlet has several soliloquies in the play and Clauidus has one.
In act I scene ii Hamlet has his first soliloquy where he expresses his feelings about his father's death and his mother's quick marriage. He states that he is so upset that he would end his life if it where not a crime against God to do so. He also expresses his anger towards his mother, and he calls all women weak.
In act II scene ii after the actors perform their monologue about Priam and Hecuba, Hamlet has another soliloquy. In this soliloquy he expresses the fact that he is upset with himself for not taking action to avenge his father. He comments on the fact that the actor is able to cry over Hecuba, someone he doesn't even know, but he has not done anything to avenge his own father's death. He also comments on needing proof because he is not entirely sure the ghost is not a spirit sent to drag him into Hell. Hamlet decides to use the play, The Mouse Trap, to identify the king's guilt.
In act III scene ii Hamlet contemplates life and death in his famous "To Be or Not To Be" soliloquy. He contemplates whether it is better to live in this world with all the pain, suffering, rudeness and sadness or end one's life. He talks about death as a long sleep. He also says that people don't choose death because it is unknown what happens when one dies. He states that people are afraid of the unknown.
In act III scene iii Claudius has a solioquy when he tries to pray. Clauidus admits that he killed his brother, the former king, but he knows his prayers will not go to Heaven because of his actions and his greed. He does not want to give back any of the things he has received because of the killing -the queen, the crown, his power.
Finally, in act IV scene iv Hamlet has his final soliloquy. In this soliloquy Hamlet comments on the fact that Fortinbras has put an army together to fight and gain a small piece of land. Hamlet is again upset with himself for not taking action to avenge his father's murder. He can't believe that Fortinbras has spent so much time and energy to gain a small piece of land and he has not done anything to avenge his father -a cause that is very important to him. At the end of the soliloquy Hamlet vows to get revenge and to stop letting things stand in his way.
Posted by bval on July 16, 2011 at 3:23 AM (Answer #1)
There are seven soliloquy in 'Hamlet' out of which four made by Hamlet are most well-known.Their dramatic significance lies in this that they revel the inner workings of Hamlet's mind.Several conflicting theories have been put forward to explain the contradictory trends in Hamlet's sharacter but the mystery of his personality, for they are the spontaneous outbursts of his inmost thoughts and feelings.
Posted by nandini289 on July 31, 2011 at 1:12 AM (Answer #2)
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