Hamlet Soliloquy- Dialogue

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Act 2 Scene 2- O what a rogue and peasant slave am I Student 1: Hey Harvey, the soliloquy that we went through in class today was rather confusing. We kept on discussing Hamlet’s melancholy with society, and his conflicting paradigms of medieval Christian Values. They said that this was the fundamental concept behind his soliloquies, but I personally thought they centralize about society’s fatal flaws instead. Harvey: Is that so? Well that’s an interesting perspective, however, I tend to agree with the class, as Hamlet’s ‘O what a rogue and peasant slave am I’ soliloquy raises existential questions centralizing his character and the source of his hamartia as the main focus of the play. This is evident through his rather controversial description of himself as ‘a rogue and peasant slave’ to describe his hierarchal status, but also the devastating consequences of his hamartia, ultimately delving into complexities resonating with us today. Student 1: Yes, I can see where you’re approaching from, but the Christian values they speak of, were attained even by the ‘villainous’ characters, such as Claudius, ironically appealing to the heavens to repent his sins, disregarding his falsified intents. This introduces the pervading themes of ambition and morality, essential to Hamlet’s textual integrity Harvey: Well, I suppose the thematic concerns add to the duality between psychoanalysis complexity and Shakespeare’s portrayal of the revenge tragedy. Yet I’m not convinced he represents society. I think, the play’s thematic concerns lies in the density of Hamlet’s soliloquies, which acts as the foundations of the play. The series of rhetorical questions “Am I a coward?” and “Had he the motive and the cue for passion that I have?” renders his doubt about himself, but also an insight into his demoralizing conscience. Student 1: Can’t say I agree. Can’t you see that Hamlet’s
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