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It is common for people to experience conflicts in their own lives and these conflicts are usually hidden not seen or heard of by others There are many who wonder about the significance of Shakespeares many soliloquies which can be found throughout Hamlet Prince of Denmark The soliloquies of Hamlet isolate how Hamlet thinks Suppose a reader is reading Hamlet for the first time except they were given a text with no soliloquies What would they think How would ones opinions change if they then examined the standard text Shakespeare uses these soliloquies as a device to allow the audience to explore Hamlets most secret internal and external conflicts For each of the soliloquies consider the following dramatic context the intention of the speaker the meaning and the style and themes in the soliloquies Can you determine the way Hamlet thinks Throughout the play it is ones assumption that Prince Hamlet is mentally unstable His seven soliloquies reinforce ones preconceived ideas about Hamlets instability The soliloquies allow the reader to determine important information about Hamlets character which other characters in the play are unaware of O that this too too-sullied flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew or that the Everlasting had not fixd His canon gainstself-slaughter I ii 133 Hamlet indicates hope that his internal problems would just melt away allowing him to dissolve into nothing or as Shakespeare wrote into a dew Hamlet continues by saying that his decision would be much easier if suicide were not such an unlawful and immoral act in society This soliloquy not only demonstrates to the reader the reality of Hamlets internal conflict but also shows the reality of his external conflict with the society he lives in This soliloquy plays an important part because it establishes Hamlets sense of isolation that lasts throughout the entire play It also reflects the themes of loneliness and lack
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