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Hamlet Soliloquies

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Manogya Tekriwal

on 18 January 2014

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Transcript of Hamlet Soliloquies

Hamlet Soliloquies
How This Helps Us
What is a soliloquy?
Our Goal
Let's Analyze the

Tone & Language
"an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers"
Understanding Hamlet's thought process helps us realize our own way of thinking
Shakespeare uses specific tone, language and imagery to effectively communicate Hamlet's thoughts
By understanding his thoughts, we are able to understand the themes of this play
understanding the themes help us understand ourselves
By understanding the true meaning behind Hamlet's soliloquies, we can better understand ourselves
To Be or Not to Be
How All Occasions do Inform Against Me
Why are they important?
help us understand a character's true feelings, thoughts & struggles
- split up
- charades (thought & action)
- variations of to be or not to be
- give each side descriptions of their soliloquy
- personal experiences
Cognitive Process
Can you imagine the play without soliloquies?
To Be or Not to Be
Soliloquy 3.1

"To be or not to be - that is the question"

"To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause. "
Hamlet debates whether he should live through the problems he’s facing or end his life
Shakespeare uses imagery in this soliloquy to show how Hamlet views this life as a burden or in other words a “sea of troubles”
although thoughts differs from person to person, our process is usually the same
“The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?” (III, 1, 59-61)
How All Occasions do Inform Against Me
After seeing the determination of Fortinbras and his troops, Hamlet decides take revenge on Claudius
The imagery used in this soliloquy helps audience understand that Hamlet has
he should no longer over-think the issue and should take action

If we constantly think about the possible outcomes of making a decision, eventually we might feel that there is no need to take action
“The imminent death of twenty thousand men,
That for a fantasy and trick of fame
Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot" (IV, IV, 60-62)
“Witness this army of such mass and charge
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed" (IV, IV, 47-49)
Weighing the 'Pros' & 'Cons'
Hamlet in (111.1.65)
Hamlet in Act (1V.1V.35)
Interpreting and manipulating mental ideas and images to obtain information, to reason, and to solve problems
This process is what makes us unique from other animals

Do you do that?

What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed?

"Oh, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
Soliloquy 4.4
"while, to my shame, I see
The imminent death of twenty thousand men, That for a fantasy and trick of fame Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, Which is not tomb enough and continent
To hide the slain?"
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