Hamlet Soliloquy Analysis

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Hamlet, the main character of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is one of the most complex characters ever created. His intricacy can be seen in the amount of soliloquies he speaks throughout the play. Each one of Hamlet’s soliloquies reveals his innermost thoughts and gives the reader or audience insight as to what he is feeling at that time. Hamlet’s quartet of soliloquies illustrates how Hamlet is initially indecisive, but eventually makes a decision to take revenge against his uncle.

In Hamlet’s first soliloquy he shows that he is angry with his mother and upset over his father’s death. Hamlet, however, does not think about taking revenge against his uncle for marrying his mother, instead he is just furious at his mother for being weak and remarrying so quickly. This leads Hamlet to have antipathy for not only his mother, but womankind in general. This hatred is expressed when he says “Frailty, thy name is woman!” In this soliloquy Hamlet’s rage is directed at others, especially women, but he is not focusing on or even thinking about taking any action.

By Hamlet’s second sol...
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