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Shakespeares The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is a story of a man searching for his true identity Shakespeare uses soliloquies to show the readers and audience the true feelings and emotions of Hamlet All seven soliloquies each slightly different proclaim Hamlets inner conflicts and reasons for delaying his revenge Hamlet is a very complex character He doesnt really know who he is but through his soliloquies we can trace Hamlets search for his true identity In Hamlets opening soliloquy he reveals how he feels towards Claudius and his mother He is disgusted with the circumstances of their marriage With such dexterity to incestuous sheets he proclaims in rage He does not understand why his mother married Claudius in such haste causing such internal torment for himself While Hamlet hates Claudius he loved his father very much and his death has caused him much sorrow In the beginning lines of this soliloquy Hamlet has already considered suicide but he decides to do nothing His decision not to act starts a trend of procrastination and these decisions of inactivity will continue to be the main source of his problems throughout his speeches and the play After talking with his fathers ghost in the third soliloquy Hamlet is angered by the news that Claudius has murdered his father Hamlet assures himself that he will think of nothing but revenge However he delays his plans because he is uncertain of the Kings guilt He finally takes some action when he plans to put on a play that will mirror his fathers murder in order to see the Kings reaction At the end of the third soliloquy he says The plays the thing wherein Ill catch the consicience of the king Even after the Murder of Gonzago is performed he takes no action He begins to feel guilty and is ashamed that he has not avenged his fathers death despite being quite sure of Claudiuss guilt In the
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