Hamlet Commentary Essay

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Hamlet’s Strong Anger and Frustration Throughout Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the main character, Hamlet, has many soliloquies in which he expresses what is on his mind. In one passage from Act I, scene ii of the play, Hamlet is sufficiently unhappy with his mother’s choice of marrying his uncle, Claudius, very shortly after his father had died. He even mentions thoughts of suicide at the beginning of the passage. Shakespeare’s strong use of diction, structure, imagery, and language helps portray Hamlet’s anger, frustration, and suicide thoughts with what is going on at that moment in the play. Shakespeare thoroughly brings out Hamlet’s feelings with his manipulation of diction devices. In line 136, Hamlet says the hyphenated word used as an adjective “self-slaughter”, referring to the fact that he wishes God had not made it a sin (suicide). He continues on, speaking religious words such as “God” (136, 154) and “Heaven” (145, 146) to continue explaining that he feels as if suicide seems like the best way to get out of life in a cruel world, but Hamlet feels that he cannot go about doing this because of religion. The repetition of the word “month” (142, 149, 151, 158) is caused by Hamlet wishing to reiterate how short of a time it was from the time of his father’s death until his mother’s remarriage to Claudius. Lastly, in line 137, Hamlet employs the emotion-laden words “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” to yet again bring about his thoughts of suicide and say that this is how the world is -- gloomy. In the passage, Shakespeare greatly exercises the use of diction, but also has an extraordinary use of structure. Structure is utilized throughout Hamlet’s soliloquy to bring more understanding to his thoughts. His use of enjambment in many lines of the passage (135, 137, 139, 140, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 154, 155,

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