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The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insightinto the mental composition of their characters InShakespeares Hamlet Prince of Denmark we can traceHamlets mental process through his soliloquies Hamlets first soliloquy reveals him to bethoroughlydisgusted with Gertrude Claudius and the world in general How weary stale flat and unprofitable seem to me all theuses of this world 1284 he said He is saddened by thedeath of his father who he admired as a king and husband tohis mother His grief over his fathers death is compounded by his mothers hasty marriage to Claudius Hamlet protests a beast that wants discourse of reasonwould have mournd longer 1285 The worst part is thathe cannot tell them how he feels In his second soliloquy Hamlet becomes curious andsuspicious after hearing of the ghost My fathers spiritin arms All is not well I doubt some foul play 1287he said Hamlet feels that the presence of the ghostindicates that his father died due to dubious circumstance After talking with his fathers ghost in the 3rdSoliloquy Hamlet is angered by the news that Claudius hadmurdered his father Hamlet assures that he will think ofnothing but revenge Ill wipe away all trivial fondrecordsand thy commandment all alone shall live withinthe book and volume of my brain 1296 he proclaims In Hamlets fourth soliloquy his mental stateshowssigns of declination He castigates himself for not takingaction to avenge his father He realizes that he has causeto kill Claudius but cannot muster the chutzpah to gothrough with it He said Why what an ass am I This ismost brave that Imust like a whore unpack my heartwith words 1314 He also expresses some doubt that theghost was telling the truth He said The spirit that Ihave seen May be the devil and the devil hath powerTassume a pleasing shape 1315 However upset he iswith himself Hamlet is sure that the play he has arrangedwill reveal Claudius guilt In the fifth soliloquy
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