What does Hamlet's first soliloquy tell us about his depression? Does he feel isolated in his grief? "O that this too too solid flesh..." Act I scene 2 lines 129–59

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This is Hamlet's statement that he wishes he were dead, that his body, all too physical, could just melt away "into a dew" or that God had not forbidden suicide, "fixed his canon against self-slaughter" as he will say later.  He has lost all interest in the things of this world ("weary, stale, flat and unprofitable" says it all).  What was once, by implication, a flourishing garden is now gone to seed with only things "disguisting and decaying" growing there.

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Hamlet is suffering because his mother is getting remarried and on top of that she is marrying a killer that committed a crime. He killed his brother. Claudius is making it hard for Hamlet.

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hamlet's in his soliloquy tells abouts his despair ......he has lost faith in his relations and he wants to die. however, this scene also shows his christian virtues that he can not commit suicide as it would result in his eternal damnation. furthermore this soliloquy shows how the satus of women has fallen in hamlet's eyes...he can not believe that his mother who really loved his father has married is uncle so quickly...

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