Hamlet's Soliloquy Act II Scene 2 Analytical Essay

Hamlet's Soliloquy Act II Scene 2
An analysis of Hamlet's second soliloquy in Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet."
# 144702 | 1,220 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | GB
Published on Sep 24, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper analyzes an extract from the famous play "Hamlet," written by William Shakespeare and first performed around 1602, focusing on a soliloquy spoken by its eponymous hero. The paper describes the speech in terms of Hamlet's thoughts behind his words, explaining that Hamlet's mood swings help him decide to prove Claudius' guilt, but they also reveal a certain fragility in his character that increases as the play progresses. The paper discusses how Hamlet's speech causes a brisk change in the plot as the audience discovers what Hamlet plans to do, and creates a feeling of suspense. The paper concludes that Hamlet's soliloquy shows how he uses his feelings of inadequacy to come to a decision regarding his revenge.

From the Paper:

"However, the phrase "O, vengeance!" also reveals a certain level of desperation as hamlet remembers he has been called to act. At this point, he seems to become more rational as once again he criticises himself, stating sarcastically that he has been ordered to take revenge and yet all he can do is talk. His frustration at his tendency to hesitate is exposed by the way he calls himself a prostitute in three different ways: "must like a whore unpack my heart with words and fall a-cursing like a very drab, a stallion!" (l.583-585). This gives him a feminine, womanly aspect, which suggests that Hamlet feels he is not manly enough, or filling his duty as a man."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Penguin Classics, 2005 edition

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