Soliloquy 3 In Hamley

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Soliloquy 3 In Act 2, Scene 2 of Hamlet, Hamlet speaks his soliloquy after watching the player’s performance. Hamlet is amazed at the actor’s ability to develop strong emotions for something he hasn’t experienced. Hamlet then wonders what the actor would do if he were actually placed in the same situation as him. Then, Hamlet believes that the actor would “drown the stage with tears, and cleave the general audience with horrid speech, make mad the guilty and appal the free,” (lines576-578). Hamlet assumes these actions from the actor because these are the actions that Hamlet would use to express his feelings. Hamlet then feels that he is not courageous enough to bravely kill Claudius and all he can do is mope. He puts himself at the peak of frustration since he has not accomplished anything yet and begins to doubt his ability to for revenge and calls himself a coward. He says he should have killed Claudius a long time ago. He then comes up with a plan to have the actors put on a play that is similar to the Murder of King Hamlet. Hamlet assumes that if Claudius has a reaction towards the play, he is guilty. This soliloquy is important because it reveals that Hamlet believes that he is dull spirited, it also points out that Hamlet is frustrated at himself for not having killed Claudius yet. All Hamlet is thinking about for the duration of this soliloquy is Claudius, and how he killed King Hamlet. Toward the end, Hamlet comes up with an idea to know if Claudius is guilty. Shakespeare’s use of language emphasizes Hamlet’s feelings by describing every aspect of his emotions, nothing is left out. The reader can in one way or another relate to how Hamlet is feeling. For example when Hamlet says, “I should have fatted the all the region kites,” (line 584) he means that he regrets not having killed Claudius. Everyone has experienced the regret, so that makes them

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