“What Does This Soliloquy Tells Us About Hamlet’s State of Mind?”

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Hamlet Essay: “What does this soliloquy tells us about Hamlet’s state of mind?” (ACT ONE SCENE TWO) PLAN: * Punctuation – the hyphens suggest an overflow with an emotion * Language and tone he uses – ‘O’ self-pitying, * Classical references – Hercules, Niobe, satyr. * Attitudes to women – thinks his mother is a whore, disappointed in his mother for marrying so quickly after the death of her husband * Attitudes towards Claudius – anger, hatred Hamlet shows a mixture of emotions in his soliloquy in Act one Scene two. He shows much anger and hatred towards the close relationship of Claudius and his mother, especially when it has been so close to his father’s funeral. The use of the word ‘O’ shows he pities himself, as he repeats this several times through-out the soliloquy. He moans on about how he feel he cannot cope and that he should just commit suicide to get rid of the pain he is feeling. . In the first line of the soliloquy he uses repetition ‘too too’ to show that he is desperate to commit suicide, because he feels betrayed by his own mother and is grieving over the loss of his father, all of what is going on turns him to a frantic state of mind ‘God ,God’. The feeling of self-pity is still apparent but Hamlet starts to feel helpless and powerless, especially as he knows his uncle is now king, and therefore Claudius has much power over him. At the ending of the soliloquy he feels a sense of helplessness ‘for I must hold my tongue’ and again starts to pity himself. He views the world as empty and bare when he says ‘tis’ an unweeded garden’ this is in reaction to the death of his father, Senior Hamlet. The term ‘unweeded’ shows a bare landscape, which symbolises his own life and state of mind at this point, as he feels empty and extremely distressed. This leads him on to feeling angry about the situation with the use of the hyphen

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