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Hamlet Soliloquy Project - Act 4 Scene 4

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Sam Khalifa

on 30 January 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet Soliloquy Project - Act 4 Scene 4

By Sam Khalifa Enactment of the Soliloquy Translation Translation Continued Translation Continued For every one wise act, I commit
three cowardice ones. And yet, somehow
I am still alive to say, “I must do this
(exact my revenge)” rather than having done
it already. I have the motivation, the willpower and the strength to do it. So it should be clear that I should do it. I see this huge army charge at Poland, lead by a tender prince who acts based on divine ambition. He puts
himself and his empire into fate’s hands
just to prove a point. Despite the risk
of death, he pursues this land for
a reason as thin as an
eggshell. To be truly great is to have the ability to fight,
no matter how big or small the cause, when your honor is at stake. So, how can I stand here with a murdered father and an incestuous and manipulated mother while, to my shame, Fortenbras is leading an army of twenty thousand into war with almost no reason at all. His reasoning for taking action cannot even be seen in the shadow of my troubles. He leads them for nothing more than fame while the land they will win isn’t even big enough to fit all of the graves that will result from the battle. I now see that if he can do it I surely can. From now on, if my thoughts are not violent, I will consider
them worthless. Analysis
of Text Soliloquy Project
Act 4, Scene 4 Analysis of Text Oh my, I need to get my act
together! Everything that goes on around me reminds me that I must stay on task and avenge my father. God gave me, a man, the ability to do so much and yet I hesitate and do nothing at all. I just eat and sleep, as if God made me an animal. I am faced with either the insanity that comes with acting like an animal or fearful hesitation that comes
from over thinking things. -Hamlet decides that if Fortenbras can fight for honor over something as small as a useless piece of land, then his reasoning is more than enough to take his revenge on Claudius.

-By the end of the soliloquy Hamlet seems to strive to act like Fortinbras. This is clear when he says, “Oh, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.”

-An interesting point to notice is Hamlet uses the word “thoughts” instead of actions. It seems Shakespeare is using this powerful line to emphasize Hamlet’s lack of action over thought. Analysis of Text -This soliloquy is an essential part of the play, because
it seems that Hamlet has finally made his mind up to take his revenge on the king and he gains clarity on how he should be acting

-This scene refocuses the audience to Hamlet’s actions.

-Fate, ambition, guilt, and revenge are all present in the soliloquy. Fate has led Hamlet to meet Fortenbras’ captain. Upon hearing of Fortenbras’ ambition, Hamlet begins to feel guilty about his lack of action, despite his strong reasoning for it.

-Hamlet concludes by deciding wholeheartedly to take his revenge on Claudius.

-The soliloquy also serves to remind the reader of
Fortenbras’ presence in the play. -This soliloquy is basically Hamlet giving himself a pep talk about achieving his goals.

-Hamlet finds out Fortenbras is marching an army to attack a piece of Polish land.

-Hamlet is amazed by Fortinbras’ willingness to amass his army and go to war just to reclaim a small piece of land from Poland.

-“Go to their grave like beds, fight for a plot whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, which is not tomb enough and continent to hide the slain?” He is saying that Fortinbras will not even have room to bury all the soldiers killed in the battle in the tiny piece of land he is fighting for.

-Hamlet is inspired by Fortinbras’ bold defense
of his honor. Analysis of Text Analysis of Text Analysis of Text
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