- Read Hamlet’s second soliloquy carefully (1.5.92-113). What does Hamlet say he has learned? In other words, what general piece of wisdom does he want to save from this encounter (1.5.109). Is this shockingly new information to us? Or is Hamlet just becoming “grown up”? (When did you first learn that you couldn’t always trust people?) Notice how quickly Hamlet moves from the specific (Claudius) to the general (“one”). Compare the same movement he makes from the specific person Gertrude to “frailty, they name is woman” (1.2.146). Given this soliloquy, how soon would you expect Hamlet to go for his revenge?
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