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To be or not to be quote from Shakespeares Hamlet probably the most well known line in the English language which comes from one of the may soliloquys in Shakespeares Hamlet Though it is not from an important soliloquy in the play this line has been imbedded in the minds of many Through out the play Hamlet recites many soliloquies two of which come out at the beginning of the play giving the reader an insight on the plays plot whats to come and Shakespeares writing style The first two soliloquies set the stage for the character of Hamlet and how is feelings and character progress The purpose of a soliloquy is to outline the thoughts and feelings of a certain character at a point in the play It reveals the innermost beliefs of the character Therefore Hamlets first soliloquy act 1 scene 2 is essential to the play as it highlights his inner conflict caused by the events of the play It reveals his true feelings and brings out many important characteristics such as sorrow anger and melancholy His feelings are melancholy because in the past two months Hamlets father has been killed his mother has married his uncle Claudius and because of these events feels like committing suicide In the soliloquy we learn about Hamlets adoration of his father and how this serves to emphasize the despite that he shows towards his mother Hamlet communicates that his father was a divine almost godlike character so excellent a king who was so loving to my mother He also illustrates the contrast between the new king and the old and as such his mothers choice Hyperion to a satyr This example of extreme contrast increases the importance of Hamlets father The troubled nature of Hamlets mind is also communicated well by the imagery that is used At the start Hamlet says that he wants his too solid flesh to melt thaw and resolve itself
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