Hamlet Essay

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How does the soliloquy offer direct insight into the personality, emotions, and psychology of Hamlet? What type of person is he, what issues affect him, and how is he handling his father’s death? William Shakespeare’s Hamlet contains a multitude of elements that readers and audiences can relate to throughout the ages. The story of Hamlet is one of politics, betrayal, mystery, romance, ghosts, murder, and adventure. Not only are the themes within Hamlet relatable, but also is the protagonist Hamlet. After reading Hamlet’s first soliloquy in Act I, Scene 2, the audience and reader is immediately able to understand and feel sympathy toward the grief and isolation Hamlet feels. Hamlet is a teenage prince who is grieving his father’s death, his mother’s remarriage, and his loss of Denmark’s throne, which is rightfully his. In Act I of Hamlet, consider the emotion Hamlet, a teenage prince, must be experiencing. His father, the King of Denmark, the man young Hamlet looked up to, is dead. Less than two months after his father’s death, his mother, Queen Gertrude, marries his Uncle Claudius. Now Hamlet’s uncle holds the title which Hamlet himself was supposed to inherit. In this first soliloquy, Hamlet proclaims, “Or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God, God, How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!” (Shakespeare 29). Hamlet is, as a result of the recent events, entirely downtrodden; he feels that there is nothing left in this world that has a purpose. Hamlet, thus, has a negative attitude and outlook upon life. A significant portion of Hamlet’s first soliloquy deals with his mother, Queen Gertrude. According to Hamlet, before his father’s death, his parents would dote upon each other. King Hamlet was “so loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit

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