Hamlets State of Mind Shown Through His Speeches

1318 Words6 Pages
Hamlets State of Mind Shown Through His Speeches

In this essay I shall be looking at three different speeches or

soliloquies by Hamlet in the play. I shall be looking at how Hamlets

state of mind differs as the play progresses. I will also be exploring

Hamlets changing attitudes towards life and death.

Act one Scene two lines 129-159


Hamlet begins his soliloquy by saying

'O that this too too solid flesh would melt,

Thaw and resolve itself into a dew,'

this tells us straight away that he wishes his he could just melt away

from existence and disappear as part of a dew. This shows that he is

clearly not happy with his life at the moment and wishes he could just

end it all here and then. He then gives his reasons why he cannot just

end it all and kill him self now by saying

'Or that the Everlasting had not fixed,

His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.'

He therefore knows that if he does commit suicide then it is a crime

against god . He uses gods 'cannon' as a metaphor for gods ability to

be able to damn people into hell. So he knows that he would be damned

to hell if he were to kill himself now. If it wasn't for this reason

then it is clear that Hamlet would have no problem killing himself. He

continues by explaining how there is no point in the world, which he

is living.

'How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,

Seem to me all the uses of this world!'

He is not happy and he is just explaining that to him there is no

point in the world there is no need for him to be there. It is now as

though he is speaking to god and explaining to him why there is no

point in his existence it was like he was trying to convince God that

he should die because he is doing no use on Earth.

'fie on't, ah fie, 'tis and unweeded garden'
Open Document