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In Shakespearean literature soliloquies are important dramatic devices They allow the reader to understand a character better as a play unfolds In Hamlet the soliloquies performed by the title character help reveal his innermost thoughts and feelings aloud Hamlets soliloquies are the keys to his internal struggles which are hidden under a mask From Hamlets soliloquies in Act I II III and IV one learns of his feelings towards the new marriage between his mother and his uncle his indecisiveness towards the revenge for his fathers death and his overwhelming feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide The soliloquies performed by Hamlet help reveal this Hamlets soliloquies about the new marriage occur before he sees the ghost of his father His feelings on the marriage are more accurate beforehand due to the fact that his thoughts are un-influenced by the means of his fathers death Through Hamlets soliloquy in act I scene II it is evident that Hamlet struggles with the idea of the new marriage his mothers mourning and how he should not reveal his true feelings Hamlet seems confused as to why his mother would remarry only two months after his fathers death But two months dead-- nay not so much not two So excellent a king that was to this Hyperion to a satyr so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly Iii138-142 Hamlet compares his father and Claudius to Hyperion a Greek Titan and a satyr a mythological woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears legs and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry Hamlet also describes how loving his father was to his mother Traditionally in the eighteenth century mourning of a loved one would continue for a long time as a sign of resprct to the deceased Another aspect which bothers Hamlet about the marriage is the fact that his
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