Rhetorical Analysis Of Hamlet's Soliloquy

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Your father has just passed away and your best friend is off to college. To make matters worse your mother remarries extremely fast to your uncle. In the midst of all this, you find yourself lost and and confused. Just like Hamlet was in his soliloquy to be or not to be. Hamlet’s father's ghost appears and ask to avenge his death. Hamlet is torn between killing his uncle or not because it is a sin. Dealing with all this, Hamlet contemplates suicide. Hamlet's choice of diction reveals his tone of uncertainty toward life and death. Hamlet begins with “The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”(III.i). The adjective outrageous can sometimes be used to show depth in the connotations of fortune, also of being more than needed. Hamlet feels as if everything is against him no matter what he chooses to do. This goes even more into it by the metaphor “sea of troubles” which compares his problems with the sea and its power. Hamlet's problems are even more revealed by “thousand natural shocks that flesh on heir to”. This is referring to his mother's shocking marriage with Claudius that upset Hamlet, but also the effects of being hurt and aging. Hamlet calls life a “mortal coil” and “calamity”.The choice of words he uses from the start help the readers get a feel of what he is preaching. Each of these examples shows Hamlet’s view on the world, and him trying…show more content…
He starts of using diction that is heavy to show why it is easier for him to choose death, only thinking of himself. He then compares death and sleep to share why it is easier to kill himself. “Thus conscience makes cowards of us all”. This alliteration emphasis Hamlets disappointment in himself. All of this goes together to create vivid diction that leads readers into Hamlet's mind. As the soliloquy ends, Hamlet realizes there is a line that needs to be crossed for him being and not being. This is why death bothers him

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