Hamlet Literary Analysis
Hamlet, the enigmatic Shakespearean character has enthralled readers for centuries.
He contains such complex characteristics, mainly due his contemplative and thoughtful state,
that he is very often uncertain and confused and becomes discontent. However, at some
instances behaves rather rashly which contradicts his reflective nature. The question of
whether or not he is really mad or angry is very controversial as well. It is a question that can
be validated in both views. Hamlet's life and actions taken represent his characteristics that
fascinate and challenge readers today and will surely continue to do so for more generations
to come. Through Hamlet's soliloquies the audience learns to understand him and gain a
better viewpoint and reasoning to his actions, or say lack there of.
Hamlet's first soliloquy, in Act I scene 2, discusses his relationship and feelings
towards his mother and by some means women, as well as, his consideration of suicide. He
begins, "O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt (I.ii.133), which explains his idea of
suicide, wishing he would die because of his ruined life. In regards to his mother, as well as
women, he exclaims, " ¦ frailty, thy name is woman! (I.ii.150), saying they are weak and
usually should be brushed off. Lastly, Hamlet describes his feelings to his mothers abrupt
marriage to his fathers brother, his uncle, by saying, "O, most wicked speed, to post with
such dexterity to incestuous sheets ! (I.ii.161-162), which he feels is the seed of the turmoil
that has left so much unhappiness in his life.
Act I scene 5, is Hamlet's second soliloquy, after he has just seen and spoken to his
fathers ghost who reveals the truth to him, he begins to contemplate what course of action he
will take for vengeance. Hamlet says, "Ay, thou poor ghost,