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What is the meaning of Hamlet's soliloquy in act 1, scene 1? What dramatic purposes...

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larac0290 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 9, 2008 at 5:57 AM via web

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What is the meaning of Hamlet's soliloquy in act 1, scene 1? What dramatic purposes does it present?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 9, 2008 at 7:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Hamlet's soliloquy in Act I, scene 2 is about how much he wants to die. He's crying out with the pain of his existence, and wishes that he could kill himself. Hamlet also describes the reasons he feels this way, which provides much of the dramatic purpose of the speech. He feels this way because of the sight before him: his mother married to his uncle, the brother of his father, who had died only recently. He sees Claudius as inferior in all ways to his dead father, and is doubly sickened because his mother hangs on Claudius so strongly.

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted July 11, 2008 at 6:13 AM (Answer #2)

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Hamlet does not have a soliloquy in Act I, scene 1, but you might want to check out the free Shakespeare Quotes section link below for more information.  The link should take you directly to Hamlet quotes.

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greezy93 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM (Answer #3)

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Yes he does have a soliloquy in the first act and its showing how he wants to commit suicide but the religion forbids this, basically its about how much he wants to die.

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