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Hamlets soliloquy in Act two - scene two - line-starting 502 to 558 Hamlet by William Shakespeare set in twelfth century Denmark incorporates the idea of revenge and The Spanish tragedy throughout the Play The Prince of Denmark Hamlet returns home to find out that his father the King is dead and his mother has remarried his uncle Claudius the deceased Kings brother He soon encounters a spirit who resembles his own father and is told to wreak revenge upon Claudius for he had poisoned and murdered him In Hamlets second soliloquy in act two scene two Shakespeare uses powerful and emotive language depicting the Princes anger at himself for his cowardice yet his resentment towards his uncle and love for his father allows him to be more determined and passionate about taking vengeance upon the New King of Denmark From the start of his dramatic soliloquy it is apparent that Hamlet is annoyed at himself for failing to act and fight for his father He degrades himself by stating that he is a rogue and peasant slave which conflicts against his actual status making it sound ironic Muddy-mettled rascal also contributes towards this idea implying that he is bad spirited and unpleasant in this matter Also he refers to himself as pigeon livered illustrating his lack of courage and dread which is further reiterated in lack gall and ass He questions himself Am I a coward and also feels shame for not acting against Claudius shown through the past tense I should ha fatted John-a-dreams suggest that hamlet himself is a dreamer and is unpregnant or unready and not responding fast enough Scullion suggests him being the lowest of the low as it describes a servant of the most inferior position and thus portrays him as one with diminutive morals and no life again discrediting himself Not only is Hamlet infuriated at himself however he is clearly aggravated by
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