Hamlet's Seventh Soliloquy

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A soliloquy is a way for a playwright to add drama with the character of choice giving them a sense of revelation. A soliloquy allows a character to: “convey his/her secret thoughts and/or intentions to the audience or the readers … While doing so, he/she preserves the secrecy of those thoughts/intentions from other characters of the drama” (What is a soliloquy?). This form of writing helps the audience get a better understanding of the character’s opinion. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, soliloquies are used to give an in-depth analysis of the characters sanity, emotions, and inner struggles. Hamlet’s Soliloquy at the end of Act IV Scene iv helps the audience understand Hamlet’s inner thoughts of the actions of the play so far, and his intentions for action in the future. This soliloquy does many things for the play. It sends a message, it increases the dramatic feel of the play, and it is a moment of revelation for Hamlet. This soliloquy occurs right after Hamlet learns that the land the Norwegian prince, Fortinbras, seeks has no value. The Norwegian captain says that the land; “Hath in it no profit, but the name” (IV, IV, 18). This quote says Hamlet says this, he believs that Eeven Denmark will one day become a land with no profit, but only a name that is well known, much like Poland. Hamlet believes so because of the actions that Claudius has done that show Hamlet how low a man can go to get power, and drop the country into ruins. There is a suddle message in this that says if you think of doing something, do it. Hamlet also tells the audience that they shouldn’t delay a job for such small reasons like Hamlet does. Hamlet scolds himself for not killing Claudius when he had the chance, and ends up saying: “How all occasions do inform against me/ And spur my dull revenge.” (IV, IV, 32-33). He means to say that all of his plans had backfired, and that he

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