Hamley Act 2 Soliloquy

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Hamlet Act 2 Soliloquy At the end of the previous act, the supposed late King of Denmark has charged prince Hamlet to avenge his father’s murder. Currently Hamlet has not done anything at all in the effort of avenging his father’s death and he knows it. He asks the players to recite the speech of the perfect avenging son, Pyrrhus and the foil is immediately established between these two characters. “And never did the Cyclops’ hammers fall on Mar’s armor forged for proof eterne with less remorse than Pyrrhus’ bleeding sword now falls on Priam” (2.2.469-472). Pyrrhus is the epitome of the perfect avenging son, he carries out revenge for his father without remorse and now prince Hamlet tries to find the courage to do the same against Claudius. It is at this point, with his mind still fresh on the story of Pyrrhus, in which he delivers his soliloquy at the end of Act 2. Hamlet begins the soliloquy by saying “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave an I” (526). This begins Hamlets thoughts on how he is a nobody and that he cannot act or show emotion on a task given to him by his own father. He compares himself to the actor, that just recited the speech on Pyrrhus filled with so much passion and grief by just acting this revenge story, and how he (Hamlet) cannot show his grief at all even though he is experiencing in real life the role the actor is portraying. Hamlet even begins to wonder if he is going to do anything about his father’s wishes. “Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak like a john-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause” (542-544). Here Hamlet tells himself that all he has done is mope around feeling sorry for himself and he hasn’t even bothered to come up with plans for revenge. He begins to show thoughts of how the task he was given is seen as overwhelming to him. Hamlet then asks himself, the very important question, if he is a coward. “But I
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