Analysis Of Soliloquies In Hamlet

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‘The soliloquy expresses something which has all the appearance of inevitability and credibility’ - Wolfgang Clemen Soliloquies are the display of layers which make up the human psyche. The human mind is said to be extremely volatile. Soliloquies are an authentic means to analyze any character. Emotional outbreaks during various situations make this task much easier. As interesting as Hamlet is as a character, he has layers of identities and personalities hidden. During the first soliloquy we encounter a Hamlet who feels betrayed. He is anguished by his mother’s action. His conscious mind records only the fact that Queen Gertrude, the other half of his parental figure has marries the brother of his father with, ‘the same shoes that she walked to my father’s dead body (…) and they haven’t become old yet!’ He seems to be hurting more from the wedding rather than the death of his beloved father. His idealism of a maternal image is broken; he discovered a new side to his mother, to him she is no longer pious but now ‘indecent’, ‘lustful’, the pious image is shattered. He simply refuses to acknowledge and accept that his mother might have moved on. Like some critics have acknowledged it, hamlet is…show more content…
Some critics see Hamlet as mad, others as half mad. His childish attitude is seen throughout the play. However underneath this mask of being mad, Hamlet is as sane as a normal person. He had a strong moral and a powerful imagination. He is simply a boy whose moral idealism has been shattered to pieces by hideous revelations. He makes use of his state of madness to conceal his emotional turmoil, while stealthily scheming his plans to attack the enemy. His attitude towards those he trusts is normal for example Horatio and Ophelia that is until she betrays his trust. He uses his madness as a protective armor and is successful in doing so and reaches his goal of confusing everyone, especially Rosencrantz and
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