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This soliloquy marks a time in Hamlet’s lif... ... middle of paper ... ...time, highlighting his inner conflict caused by the must recent events in his life. Secondly, Hamlet offers the audience many intuitions into his meaning of life as he questions the validity of it. In the final soliloquy, Hamlet confirms his madness as he confesses his procrastination and yet he is still unable to see the wrong in his actions. Overall, through the frequent uses of soliloquies in the play Hamlet, Shakespeare unveils to the audience Hamlet’s intimate thoughts allowing them to grasp the key to Hamlet’s mysterious character. Works Cited Mabillard, Amanda.
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R.A. Foakes in “The Play’s Courtly Setting” explains the burden of revenge which the protagonist must carry for the duration of the play: And where there is no legal punishment for his father’s death, he must stoop, driven by the universal wrong, and “being thus be-netted round with villainies”, to revenge. He must share the corruption of others in spite of his nobility, and recognize in himself the common features, "we are arrant knaves all." (53) In the essay “Hamlet: His Own Falstaff,” Harold Goddard makes a statement of the two main themes of the play, namely war and revenge, relating them to the final scene: The dead Hamlet is borne out “like a soldier” and the last rites over his body are to be the rites of war. The final word of the ... ... middle of paper ... ... and Production. No.
However, in Hamlet, the use of the soliloquy offers the audience a gateway into the minds of the characters, and in this case it provides various reasons why Hamlet delays in exacting revenge. The depth of thought possessed by characters is easily measured by how effortlessly a reader can relate to what is b... ... middle of paper ... ... three parts coward--I do not know Why yet I live to say, "this thing's to do", / Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means, / To do't...." (Shakespeare 41-46) Rational thought and compassion are what make Hamlet a hero. Unfortunately, thought and inability to act on impulse, are the factors in creating the tragedy in Hamlet. In today's society and its values, Hamlet continues to be a contribution to ideals of value and morality. This story of a man and his downfalls should be considered an asset to the better of society, and a lesson learned in compassion for other.