Hamlet's Changing State of Mind Shown Through Shakespeare's Use of Soliloquies

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Hamlet's Changing State of Mind Shown Through Shakespeare's Use of Soliloquies To the reader, the play of Hamlet is somewhat like a roller-coaster ride taking us up and down with Hamlet's emotions and before we have chance to see whether we've just looped the loop Hamlet's emotion will have changed from one of a depressing nature to one of a sheer desperation to avenge his father's death or he will seemingly have beaten us to the loopy loop the loop of insanity. On such a helter-skelter of emotions one may find it difficult to comprehend exactly how Hamlet is actually feeling; is he pretending? Is he really mad? Does he really love Ophelia?. In a book we can be told how a character feels, however on the stage it is not always obvious. This is why Shakespeare used soliloquies in Hamlet to try and help us to keep up with the topsy-turvy circus ride of emotions that we join Hamlet on in Hamlet. There are six soliloquies in Hamlet, each one helping to update us on how Hamlet's thinking has changed and how he really feels. Rather than leaving an audience to guess how he may be feeling Hamlet has a secret confrontation with the invisible fourth wall behind which we as the audience would hide and begin to understand him and hopefully begin to empathise with him. Hamlet is talking only to himself, there is no-one for him to lie to so what he says will be true, and this fact clears up any confusion about how Hamlet really feels. They are a vital dramatic device in involving the audience and letting us understand his feelings, understand his emotions and ultimately empathise with him, whether it's desperation or anger his soliloquies are a di... ... middle of paper ... ... meddle with death and he doesn't want to hurt his mother. Shakespeare's visual language using the theme's of dirty and rotting matter and an unweeded garden bring another dimension to our understanding of how Hamlet is really feeling. We understand the numerous dilemmas he faces by his constant thinking and inaction and his frustration at these characteristics. Shakespeare's very dramatic language once again ensures this and his use of prose in the soliloquies gives them an extra dramatic and hitting depth. My essay itself bares witness to how the soliloquies make us empathise with his situation as I have constantly had to check myself to ensure that I haven't been too emotive in the language I used because as I read the soliloquies I myself have been a victim of Shakespeare's oh so dramatic and effective soliloquies.

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