William Shakespeare's Presentation Of Hamlet Through Soliloquies

3874 words - 15 pages

William Shakespeare's Presentation of Hamlet Through Soliloquies

Shakespeare presents Hamlet in the first Act as distraught and angry
in a state of utter depression caused by his father’s death and as we
learn during the first soliloquy, by his mother’s ‘frailty’ in
remarrying so soon after the King’s death. Shakespeare reveals
Hamlet’s torment and the origins and causes of a lot of his feelings
that contribute to his behaviour throughout the play, in the first of
Hamlet’s soliloquies in Act One, Scene Two. It is in this soliloquy
that we learn of the hatred Hamlet feels for his mothers ‘incestuous’
marriage to his uncle Claudius, and ultimately the hatred he feels for

Not only do the soliloquies used by Shakespeare present Hamlet’s inner
thoughts to the audience, they also reveal a lot about his inner
feelings towards events in Elsinore in turn revealing details about
the plot. This allows the audience to share Hamlet’s anger and
disgust, therefore viewing the court through his own perspective. The
first soliloquy is spoken before Hamlet encounters the ghost and he
has no notion of the vengeance he has yet to commit. The soliloquy is
fundamental in understanding Hamlet’s state of mind, the isolation he
feels and how he feels that the whole world is an ‘unweeded garden’
that Shakespeare gradually develops as the play carries on.

The dramatic first line introduces us to Hamlet’s feelings;
Shakespeare presents Hamlet’s contemplation of depression and
self-doubt, his sorrowful desire that ‘this too too solid flesh would
melt,’ displays how Hamlet feels very conscious of his physicality in
which he is trapped and that he wishes he could simply melt away.

Shakespeare presents Hamlet in this first soliloquy as unclean,
troubled with contaminated thoughts; Hamlet wishes that his ‘too solid
flesh’ would ‘resolve itself into a dew.’ The ‘dew’ signifies
something pure and clean – a state of nature that Hamlet strives for
and wants to feel within himself. Hamlet cannot see any solution to
end his ‘too solid flesh’ other than suicide; it is the only way in
which he feels he will be free. However, ‘the Everlasting’ does not
allow anyone to act in this way. It is God who rules the universe and
Hamlet feels he has no decision but to obey. To commit suicide would
be the greatest sin Hamlet could commit which will not provide Hamlet
with the purity and the state of mind he struggles for.

The overwhelming disgust that Hamlet feels for the sin he believes his
mother has committed is further enforced by Shakespeare’s use of form
and language. The dramatic pauses throughout the soliloquy, such as
‘But tow months dead: nay, not so much, not two:’ reveal Hamlet’s
distressed mood in which he thinks aloud through a stream of
consciousness, almost as if he were in a dream. ...

Find Another Essay On William Shakespeare's Presentation of Hamlet Through Soliloquies

Iago's Soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Play Othello

1937 words - 8 pages Iago's Soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Play Othello "Othello" is a tragedy which was written in 1622 by William Shakespeare, the title "Othello" is eponymous which means that a character gives its name to the title. Othello is not the main character, where as in "Macbeth" Macbeth was the main character. Right from the beginning Shakespeare is trying to hide the importance of Iago. Iago may be in the first scene

"Evaluation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet" -Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

1022 words - 4 pages Due to its quality, William Shakespeare's classic play Hamlet truly embodies his ingenuity as a literary artist. Despite the fact that the play seems very unlikely, because it is a Shakespearean tragedy, meaning all the main characters die, it does contain a sense of vitality. Not only does Shakespeare give this play a sense of vitality, but he also brings about affirmativeness to his characters. One prime example is Hamlet, with his dilemma

The Soliloquies of Shakespeare's Hamlet - To be or not to be Soliloquy

2362 words - 9 pages The “To be or not to be” Soliloquy in Hamlet       One soliloquy stands out above the others in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Of the seven soliloquies by the protagonist, the “To be or not to be” soliloquy is universally recognized as superior to the others. This essay considers this most famous soliloquy.   Marchette Chute in “The Story Told in Hamlet” describes just how close the hero is to suicide while reciting his most famous

The Soliloquies of Shakespeare's Hamlet - To be or not to be Soliloquy

2362 words - 9 pages speech addresses violent objurgations to the bitch-goddess Fortune, about whom Hamlet  has lately cracked ribald jokes with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; whose buffets and rewards he prizes Horatio for suffering with equanimity; against whom he will, in the most famous of all soliloquies [my italics], be tempted to take arms. (36)   WORKS CITED   Abrams, M. H, ed. “William Shakespeare.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Soliloquies of Shakespeare's Hamlet - The To be or not to be Soliloquy

2085 words - 8 pages Hamlet -- the “To be or not to be” Soliloquy         In William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet the fourth of the seven soliloquies by the hero is generally considered exceptional and more famous than the others. This essay will examine and analyze this soliloquy, and explore the reasons for its fame.   This famous soliloquy manifests the expression of very deep and conflicting emotions. Ruth Nevo in “Acts III and IV

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

3266 words - 13 pages development of these ideas is gradual, the important role the first two acts play in illustrating the various concepts and in underlining their importance from early on, mainly through Hamlet’s soliloquies, cannot be exaggerated. A presentation of this can be seen through comparing Hamlet’s thoughts and actions in act one scene two to that of act two scene two, where he makes his second soliloquy. Again, Hamlet speaks in

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

2738 words - 11 pages William Shakespeare's Hamlet Relationships between characters of the younger and older generations is a main focus and central theme of Hamlet. The play differs from convention in that older characters are generally found to be the ones who have acted wrongly or who have made mistakes. The younger generation, Hamlet included, tend to act according to what they believe to be morally correct and appear to have a

Perception of Women in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

1919 words - 8 pages Perception of Women in William Shakespeare's Hamlet In Hamlet, Shakespeare carefully represents Getrude and Ophelia. Individually, Gertrude is essentially seen as weak and immoral whilst Ophelia is seen as meek and a victim of society. Collectively, they are seen to fulfil a conventional 16th century role, and it is as our beliefs and views of women change that we are able to perceive the characters in a different angle

Procrastination of Revenge in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

586 words - 2 pages Procrastination of Revenge in William Shakespeare's Hamlet In the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, the protagonist Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is deceived by many of his former allies, including his mother, Gertrude, and his lover, Ophelia. Perhaps the most deceptive of these former allies is Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. Not only does Claudius kill Hamlet’s father, the King, but he also proceeds to marry Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

5498 words - 22 pages William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet was written around the year 1600 in the final years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who had been the monarch of England for more than forty years and was then in her late sixties. The prospect

William Shakespeare's Hamlet - 1273 words

1273 words - 5 pages William Shakespeare's Hamlet A tragic play is one in which the protagonist dies through disaster evoked by a combination of personal faults and circumstances out with the character's control. Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is true to this genre, depicting a noble, but flawed, character that is subject to outrageous twists of fate ultimately leading to his demise. However, to what extent can Hamlet's downfall be attributed to

Similar Essays

The Presentation Of Hamlet In William Shakespeare's Play

1870 words - 7 pages The Presentation of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play “Hamlet”, the story of a Danish prince whose uncle murders the prince’s father, marries his mother, and claims the throne but the prince manages to kill his uncle in revenge, is open to many forms of interpretation since the play’s plot explores difficult themes of the impossibility of certainty, the complexity of taking action, the mystery of death and the

Soliloquies Of Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet's Third Soliloquy

978 words - 4 pages about his own uncle's involvement in his father's death, and experiences all of this in the public eye. What makes Hamlet's character particularly captivating in comparison to most of Shakespeare's others is the fact that he seems to really come alive with thought and emotion. Hamlet goes through the motions of the grief following the loss of his father and the sense of betrayal he feels when he learns that Claudius is responsible for the death

Investigating The Function Of The Main Soliloquies In Shakespeare's Hamlet

2476 words - 10 pages Investigating the Function of the Main Soliloquies in Shakespeare's Hamlet “Hamlet” is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in around 1601 when Queen Elizabeth the first was on the throne. In the play we see the royal court of Denmark becoming more and more corrupt with ghosts, murder, madness and incest, culminating in the highest death toll in any of Shakespeare’s plays. The lead character of Hamlet is an

The Use Of Soliloquies In William Shakespeare's Othello

1109 words - 4 pages The Use of Soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Othello Soliloquy is a stage device which can be found throughout the works of many modern day playwrights, and is famously used by Shakespeare in his theatrical tragedy, “Othello.” We see at many key moments, both the lead roles of Othello and Iago, speak when no other characters are present or listening, revealing their inner most thoughts to the audience, illuminating