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How Hamlet changes during the play – this may be overviewed Act by Act by paying close attention to his dialoguehow Hamlet changes during the play – this may be overviewed Act by Act by paying close attention to his dialogue  

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I think of Hamlet's changes as more of a wavy line--moving up and down--than abrupt turnarounds. After the Ghost speaks to Hamlet, he is steadfast in his desire for revenge, and then he wavers. He gets "proof" that Claudius did, indeed murder the king--and then he wavers. The soliloquies are, indeed, the evidence of those waverings.

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The soliloquies are absolutely the key; for, they are what prompt Hamlet to action.  Without them, Hamlet would not have the opportunity to analyze what he has seen and/or heard since it is through these self-debates that Hamlet rises to action.  For instance, it is only after he speaks with the Fortinbras and marvels at how this noble prince is ready to sacrifice his life "for an eggshell" that Hamlet is spurred to act as Hamlet the Prince and defend the throne of Denmark against all corruptors. 

By means of his soliloquies and self-debates, Hamlet establishes his own values, for as he tells Rosencrantz...

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