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In Shakespeares Hamlet the tragic hero reveals his inner conflicts and introspective attitude in each of the lengthy soliloquies in the play Hamlet is a static character whose thoughts never dramatically change Each soliloquy delves further into Hamlets motivations or lack thereof and psyche Each soliloquy each slightly different is all united by vivid imagery introspective language and discussion of Hamlets delay of action The first soliloquy serves to set the stage for the rest of Hamlets thoughts feelings and actions It is here that Hamlet first reveals his hatred for his mothers incestuous marriage to his uncle Claudius his low self-image and his great reverence for his father Each aspect of this soliloquy has an integral and conflicting part in Hamlets role While he hates Claudius and immensely idolizes his father Hamlet will be plagued by his low self-image thus taking no action and contributing even more to his existing problems In the beginning lines of this soliloquy Hamlet is already considering suicide O that this too too solid flesh would melt Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon gainst self-slaughter O God O God How weary stale flat and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world I ii 135-140 Through these lines it is obvious that Hamlet is in the midst of a deep depression He has no control over the uses of the world Hamlet compares Denmark to an unweeded garden to symbolize the corruption within his country that is seeded within Claudius and his incestuous marriage to Gertrude Hamlet goes on to compare his father to Claudius and comment on the relationship between King Hamlet and Gertrude So excellent a King that was to this Hyperion to a satyr so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly I ii 145-148 In Hamlets eyes Claudius is a beast in comparison to the god-like features of his
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