World Literature 5th period Hamlet’s Seven Soliloquies Hamlet’s soliloquies within the play created a lot of dynamics that the audience could comprehend and learn from to understand more about Hamlet. Each and every soliloquy expresses and provides the audience knowledge about what Hamlet is thinking and what his motives are. The first soliloquy that Hamlet gives, lets the readers know how upset and depressed Hamlet is. In the very first two lines he talks about how he wants to disappear; be gone because of what has recently happened in his life. His dad passing away and his mother marrying his uncle all within two months really took a toll on him. Hamlet felt betrayed by the world and especially his mother as she moved on so quickly with Claudius. Giving these reasons, Hamlet contemplated suicide as he was tired of all of the agony that he was going through. Hamlet even ends the soliloquy by not really saying much because it is so difficult for him emotionally and he feels that nothing would come from it. Hamlet’s second soliloquy changes dramatically from the first soliloquy in many ways! For starters, when Hamlet found out from his encounter with his father’s ghost how his father actually died, everything about Hamlet changed. Hamlet’s mood, thoughts, feelings, and even the tone changed! The tone was completely transformed from being sad and depressed to baffled, excited, and angry. Processing this, Hamlet has a lot of emotions within and is very obvious about it. Hearing what his father told him not only made Hamlet mad at Claudius for killing his father, but mad at his mother for marrying the murderer! He even portrays misogyny when he talks about his mother in a negative way for marrying his fathers’ brother. As the soliloquy ends, Hamlet makes the decision that he shall get revenge upon Claudius for what he did to his father.
The third soliloquy was provoked by the frustration that people aren’t being genuine and trustworthy. The audience could describe Hamlet’s behavior as crazy, but also understanding. In the beginning of Hamlets third soliloquy, Hamlet starts off distressed and then progresses into stimulated as he thought of a way to expose Claudius! Hamlet constructs a plan by taking the play and modifying it to witness a reaction out of Claudius, if he is guilty. Hamlet decides to get revenge this way because he wants to prove to everyone that the ghost was telling the truth and see if Claudius will lie or be honest. By the end of his third soliloquy, he decided he is actually going to take action and show what Claudius did. This soliloquy is more contemplated… Hamlet is still in anguish, but not suicidal. In Hamlet’s next soliloquy, he considers suicide but came to the conclusion that he would rather live then die. Prior to the soliloquy, the actions that took place shaped the tone of the fourth soliloquy to be life-threatening, and harsh! Witnessing his father become a ghost made Hamlet realize that if he kills himself his outcome could be worse than living, just like his fathers was. Hamlet continues to focus on his options by pondering over whether to take his own life or accomplishing what his ghost father told him to do, and get revenge on Claudius. The uncertainty weighs heavily on him and causes Hamlet to think unclearly, but in the end the curiosity stops Hamlet from killing himself.
In Hamlet’s fifth soliloquy, Hamlet recites how betrayed he feels now