What diction, imagery, and figurative language are present in Hamlet's fifth soliloquy, in act 4, scene 4?

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An example of some interesting dictionin this soliloquy is Shakespeare's use of the word "egg-shell." Hamlet is admiring the dedication of Fortinbras 's army. They are all marching into battle and potentially towards death, for reasons as thin as an egg-shell. This shows that the army is dedicated to...

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An example of some interesting diction in this soliloquy is Shakespeare's use of the word "egg-shell." Hamlet is admiring the dedication of Fortinbras's army. They are all marching into battle and potentially towards death, for reasons as thin as an egg-shell. This shows that the army is dedicated to Fortinbras regardless or whether or not they agree with his motives.

Shakespeare creates imagery brilliantly in this soliloquy. The audience is treated to the image of twenty thousand soldiers in an army, despite the fact that they are sitting in a relatively small theater and using their imagination. When Hamlet speaks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern before the soliloquy, the imagery is set up. They explain to Hamlet what Fortinbras and the army are doing. At the end of the soliloquy, Hamlet refers to the giant army marching through the snow. The audience has to use their imagination, but at the climax of a passionate soliloquy, it is easy to visualize the army because of how Hamlet is so deeply inspired by this image.

Hamlet uses some good figurative language early in the soliloquy when he compares humans to beasts. To paraphrase, Hamlet says that if humans do nothing besides eat and sleep, they are beasts. He uses this figurative language to try and elevate himself to the status of an adept human rather than being a beast or an animal. His desire to seek revenge and display his familial loyalty is what separates him from a mindless beast.

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