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The soliloquy that appears in Act 1 Scene 2 lines 129 through 159 of William Shakespears Hamlet Prince of Denmark is the first to appear in the tragedy The mere position of it within the play makes it important although that alone does not explain the substance of it Presented in the form of a soliloquy the audience is more likely to believe the words spoken by Hamlet Dramatic characters are not always to be believed when speaking to other characters but when they meditate to themselves and allow the audience to participate in these thoughts it lends an air of validity to them It is through Hamlets soliloquy that the audience begins to gain an understanding of the protagonists inner persona and is allowed a glimpse of Hamlets hamartia or tragic flaw Hamlets speech is also a point of exposition in which he clarifies his personal relationship with the other characters at great depth The information that the audience gains through this is instrumental to how they interpret the rest of the play It sets a basic foundation to the drama that is built upon as the plot unfolds The soliloquy opens in a complete mixture of prose There is no obvious or logical rhythm which is important since it reflects his agitated and downhearted nature It is an invaluable technique that Shakespeare uses to mirror the irrational and heartbroken state of mind that Hamlet finds himself in The exception comes when Hamlet praises his father With this he manages to articulate a few successive feet that are expressive of his harmonic love for his father When he reverts back to mentioning his mother his tone again becomes more distorted utilizing a mixture of iambic trochaic and spondaic feet However in the end he manages to articulate several lines in iambic pentameter demarcating the climax Another important observation of the structure of the soliloquy is the use of
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