The Function of Soliloquies Essay

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Shakespeare relies heavily on soliloquies to help the reader understand Prince Hamlet. Hamlet is often speaking out loud when he is by himself. This lets the reader know what Hamlet is actually thinking despite what he is telling others around him (Mittelstaedt 126-27). The majority of the soliloquies are moments when Hamlet is overwhelmed by emotion at his situation and deeply upset. Hamlet’s sadness is what the play revolves around. In the play, Hamlet is dealt hand after hand of misfortune by Lady Luck. If Hamlet were not upset, the story would not make sense (Bradley 107). Another aspect of Hamlet’s personality that powers the play is his mind. He is a deep thinker surrounded by shallow individuals, and his “extraordinary mind” lets …show more content…
Gertrude’s actions only help to highlight this. Hamlet sees the world as “…an unweeded garden/ That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature/ Possess it merely” (1.2.138-40). However, Hamlet does not take into account all of the good people who surround him and support him. He is only focused on what is right in front of him and what is going wrong in his life. Therefore, Hamlet does not really give the reader a completely accurate picture of the world around him (Boklund 126). The first soliloquy immediately communicates to the reader that Hamlet does not approve of his mother’s marriage to his uncle and that if it were morally acceptable to commit suicide, he would be seriously contemplating it. The third soliloquy takes place after a troop of actors arrives at Elsinore. Hamlet asks one of the actors to give a speech that he had heard once before. While performing this speech, the actor becomes extremely emotional. His voice starts breaking and he is crying during the performance. Hamlet is astounded that this actor “…in a fiction, in a dream of passion/ Could force his soul so to his own conceit” (2.2.579-580). Hamlet starts thinking about what the actor would do if he were in Hamlet’s position. He realizes that this actor is showing more emotion over nothing than he is over the suspicious death of his father. “What would he do/ Had he the motive and the cue for passion/ That I have” (2.2.587-89). Hamlet starts tearing himself down after

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