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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, whiles memory holds a seat in .


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