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In William Shakespeares Hamlet the soliloquies are used to show aspects of Hamlets motives intentions and his state of mind though they cannot be completely relied on for a wholly accurate account of his motives and intentions due to Hamlets irrational distressed and depressed state of mind at the time of the soliloquies Soliloquies 2 and 3 are particularly helpful in showing the spontaneity of his thoughts Hamlet deals with issues such as the confliction of values life murder the afterlife madness revenge death and love Hamlet is a classic play of the revenge tragedy genre Hamlet the central character is the Prince of Denmark son of the late King Hamlet and Gertrude who married Claudius Her late husbands brother shortly after King Hamlets death The ghost of King Hamlet appears to his son and tells him that Claudius murdered him Hamlet in seeking revenge for his fathers death pretends to be mad and rejects Ophelia whom he had claimed that he loved After Hamlets accidental murder of her husband Polonius Ophelia goes mad and later drowns herself Becoming concerned about his own welfare Claudius sends Hamlet to England with his friends Really spies hired by the King Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who carry a letter asking for the execution of Hamlet- however Hamlet finds the letter and changes his name to that of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern On his return to Denmark the King organises a fencing match between Hamlet and Poloniuss son Laertes Laertes wounds Hamlet with a poisoned sword and Hamlet grabs the sword and mortally wounds Laertes who tells of the Kings treachery before his death Meanwhile Gertrude drinks poison meant for Hamlet who then forces the King to drink the rest before stabbing him After stopping Horatio from drinking the remainder of the poison Hamlet dies and the enemy Norway invades Soliloquy 2 shows Hamlet angry and frustrated with himself After witnessing a players emotional account of an episode
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