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The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental composition of their characters In Shakespeares Hamlet Prince of Denmark we can trace Hamlets mental process through his soliloquies Hamlets 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 fathers death is compounded by his mothers hasty marriage to Claudius Hamlet protests a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mournd 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 fathers spirit in arms All is not well I doubt some foul play 1287 he said Hamlet feels that the presence of the ghost indicates that his father died due to dubious circumstance After talking with his fathers ghost in the 3rd Soliloquy Hamlet is angered by the news that Claudius had murdered his father Hamlet assures that he will think of nothing but revenge Ill wipe away all trivial fond recordsand thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain 1296 he proclaims In Hamlets fourth soliloquy his mental state shows signs of declination He castigates himself for not taking action to avenge his father He realizes that he has cause to kill Claudius but cannot muster the chutzpah to go through with it He said Why what an ass am I This is most brave that Imust like a whore unpack my heart with words 1314 He also expresses some doubt that the ghost was telling the
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