|The Soliloquies Of Hamlet
The Soliloquies of Hamlet
Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental
composition of their characters. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,”
we can trace Hamlet's mental process through his soliloquies.
Hamlet's first soliloquy reveals him to be thoroughly disgusted with
Gertrude, Claudius, and the world in general. “How weary, stale, flat and
unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world” (1284), he said. He is
saddened by the death of his father, who he admired as a king and husband to his
mother. His grief over his father's death is compounded by his mother's hasty
marriage to Claudius. Hamlet protests, “a beast, that wants discourse of reason,
would have mourn'd longer” (1285). The worst part is that he cannot tell them
how he feels.
In his second soliloquy, Hamlet becomes curious and suspicious after
hearing of the ghost. “My father's spirit in arms! All is not well;...