In this play, Hamlet is the king of soliloquies. Since he is trying to convince everyone that he is crazy, the only time that the audience gets a real sense of who Hamlet is, is when he is doing these long speeches. These are not just thrown into the play at random, Shakespeare was very crafty with the placement of these speeches. The most famous soliloquy comes from Act Three, Scene One. “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.” In this speech Hamlet discusses whether or not it is better to be dead or alive.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare develops the character of Hamlet through numerous soliloquies and long speeches. Not only is the use of these literary devices difficult for the actor, but it is also draining on the audience, who must listen to the monotony of the same person speak continually for several minutes, without any interruption. Playwrights developed plays to appeal to both the audience and the prominent stage actors of the period. Shakespeare needed a means to reduce the amount of time Hamlet talks to himself. The addition of another character, Horatio, provides this, by turning what might have been a tedious monologue into a more manageable dialogue between two characters.
This can be seen through the many foils that Shakespeare shows in the play to either highlight a shortcoming of Hamlet or point out blatantly what is expect of Hamlet as a character. The mental ambiguity throughout the play also leads audience members to question whether the implied implication that Hamlet is faking his madness is true. Lastly, through the lack of character drive audience members are left with an uncertain ideal which pulls the audience away from the character in general. All of these elements combined separate audience member’s from Hamlet leaving for a somewhat lackluster feeling as the play concludes. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
Now Hamlet admits that he is putting on an act during the play, and in numerous scenes his deception of those around him can clearly be noted. Yet if Hamlet is suppose to represent a hero why does he put on an act, since he should have nothing to hide? He does this for the simple reason that he does not know what he should do based purely on what he feels, since he feels nothing. The way he acts is navigated by those who Hamlet views as noble leaders, Fortinbras, Alexander the Great, Caesar and of coarse his father. “I find thy apt;/ And duller shouldst be than the fat weed/ That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,/ Wouldst thou not stir in this.
Sanity: Boundaries of the Mind The mind is a beautiful thing. The boundaries that someone can extend their rationality is different in each and every person. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the balance of sanity and madness is tested. Hamlet’s way of thinking is changed, but in a way that his personality is only a front. By looking at the different events that Hamlet overcame, we can observe the passion for acting that many readers do not come across; knowing the importance of acting is imperative when questioning Hamlet’s sanity, since he is only acting insane, and is rational and in control of himself throughout the play.
In the beginning of “Hamlet”, the ghost of Hamlet's father appears on the scene, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death. By that he is put in a position where he had to accomplish that task, but in secrecy, so he decides to fake his madness. His behavior and moods throughout the play frequently change. So, Shakespeare basically leaves the audience to decide whether Hamlet is truly mad or not. Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet's questionable madness is explored through his real madness, actions, and the reactions of others towards his behavior.
He barely has time to tell his story of escape to Horatio before he is challenged. He does not refuse the challenge because as nobility, he cannot refuse he has to keep his honor. Hamlet goes to the match and because he has now accepted the role, he does not hesitate to kill the King when prompted to do so. Throughout the whole play, Hamlet wrestles with an inner conflict that ultimately costs not only Claudius’ life, but also many others, including his own. He even feels that playing one role can transform his inner feelings as well.
(68) Hamlet disregarded Horatio’s warnings, followed the Ghost of his father, and heard of the murder that took place. This is where he learned of his quest to revenge his father, the main plot of the play. But Hamlet still wasn’t sure of the validity of the Ghost, so he decided to put the Ghost’s accusations to a test. "There is a play tonight before the King: One scene of it comes near the circumstance Which I have told thee of my father’s death. .
Before starting my introduction, I must show and help the audience to understand what a soliloquy is. A soliloquy is a dramatic or literary form of communication in which a character talks to him/herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener apart from the audience. This use could be very important to a playwright because it helps the audience understand the play, the characters and it helps the audience to predict and expect things. Shakespeare uses soliloquies to form moral judgement about characters in the play. Audience’s moral judgment towards characters like Macbeth is simply evil.
Hamlet then suspected his uncle, King Claudius, of being the murderer of his father. Since the court was then going to watch a play, Hamlet found that as the best opportunity to reveal his uncle as the one responsible for the death of his father. He gives the players a new speech to recite and advises them how to "act," so that the King can unveil himself by his own actions and expressions toward the play. In Hamlet's speech to the players he tells them, "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for anything so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end both at the first, and now, was and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure." What Hamlet wants is for the actors to be moderate and natural in their depiction of life, not exaggerated, and not dull.