In Shakespearean play Hamlet, Hamlet’s first soliloquy exemplifies his feeling after he goes through a series of traumatic events Including his father’s premature death, his mother’s hasty marriage and his loss of the throne to his uncle Claudia and new step father. Shakespeare uses this soliloquy to help shape Hamlet’s character as overly emotional but proving to be very Intelligent when establishing the theme of the play through the conflict of a man’s emotions and reason.
Hamlet begins the soliloquy by portraying clearly a vision of taking his own life to exemplify the dramatic state he is left in after losing his father. He uses imagery to depict his dying wish and show his depression when wishing that his “flesh, would melt/thaw, and resolve itself in to a dew! “(Act 1 . Scene 2. Line 129-130). Hamlet is so down in the dumps that he is hoping that he will metaphorically melt out of his depression. He first uses the harsher word “melt” which would literally liquefy the body, then the more kind word” thaw’, and lastly the depiction of Hamlet “resolving.
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Shakespeare creates a pattern of brutal diction to a more softened tone In his Imagery to show Hamlets reallocates emotions as he has an Initial outburst then calms himself down. This characterizes the passage from the beginning as Hamlet first makes hyperbolic assertions then understates his previous statement In order to make his imagery more emotional to the reader, but still expresses his frustration with outlandish remarks. Hamlet continues this pattern when explaining his world, his Denmark with an extended metaphor to a garden full of weeds. In Hamlet’s eyes is life “its’ an unwedded garden, that grows to seed” (Act 1.
Scene 2. Lines 135-136). Hamlet views his new life like this because he is so unhappy with the way things Reed 2 now are that his father is deceased that he compares it to a disregarded garden, which is very much how he feel s everyone has been treating his feelings towards the situation. Above this assertion Hamlet Is alluding to the garden of Eden to explain that God Is Imperfect much like the serpent that corrupted Adam and Eve. When Hamlet soon finds out that Claudia murdered Hamlet senior and blamed It on a serpent”, he then can complain that his life is corrupted by impure matters.
In this part of the soliloquy Hamlet is now showing how upside down the world he resides in is, and poetically using a metaphor to show his suspicion of certain creatures holding responsibility of the unjust world. These are not proved with reasoning because he has no proof to show that these are the reasons. His arguments are only bursts of frustration which will be followed by more reason arguments in the rest of the soliloquy. Hamlet uses hyperbole and analogies to explain his emotions with reasoning of is uncontrollable grief.
In the second portion of the soliloquy Hamlet uses hyperbole to prove his father’s love for his Queen although she has not been loyal. Hamlet describes Hamlet Sir. To be “so loving to [his] mother that he might not better the winds of heaven, vaults her face too roughly'(Act 1 . Scene 2. Line 141 Hamlet his mom. By using hyperbole Hamlet is more convincing in asserting that his father’s love for the queen is real rather than if Hamlet had used a more comatose phrase that he still loved her, which could be portrayed with a double meaning because it is to as convincing.
Although his father could not really protect his mother from the wind, it is understood that he cares for her, and would do anything to protect her. This aids Hamlet in comparing his father with Claudia and explaining his over bearing grief for not only the loss of his father but for the loss Denmark has faced in losing a great king. Hamlet lastly uses an analogy to explain why he is so upset with Claudia, because he not only lost his father but he lost the throne when Claudia married his mother.
His first analogy compares Claudia to Hamlet as a Reed 3 “hyperfine to a satyr”(Act 1 . Scene 2. Line 140). He then still refers to Claudia as his father’s brother, but making it clear that he is “no more like [his] father, then [he] is to Hercules” (Act 1 . Scene 2 Lines 152-153). This analogy is vivid in its description to explain the differences Hamlet sees in Claudia the present king and his father Hamlet Sir. The previous king now deceased. Hamlet gives his father godly qualities when comparing to a hyperfine a classical mythological god and then comparing
Claudia to a satyr, a commoner in classic mythology. By comparing Hamlet Sir. To a god Hamlet Jar. Is hinting at similarities between God and Hamlet Sir. For example, god is everlasting as Hamlet Sir. Proves to be when he returns as a ghost. Also god is very caring, which Hamlet proves to be with his son and previous wife. Hamlet again makes the comparison of Hamlet Sir. To god by believing that people will not truly appreciate his absence as king until Claudia is king, much like people don’t run to god in prayer until they are in trouble.
Hamlet’s second analogy compares his father to Hercules the son of god, and Claudia to Hamlet Jar. Who are both nowhere near that importance. In this allusion, Hercules was killed also by someone who was close to him, much as he suspects was the same scenario with his father. This again proves Hamlet’s irrational grieving for Denmark because Claudia does not even begin to compare with his father as he likes to party and is compared to Hamlet Jar. Who Just wants to study. Therefore Denmark has received a lesser ruler and will suffer from it until removed from the throne.
Hamlet’s outbursts of emotions are portrayed throughout the entire soliloquy as Hamlet tries to find reasoning in his frustrations. In the end he has a more rational tone and is aware of the situation making his assertions more reasonable. Shakespeare is revealing the thought process man feels with inner emotions as it is a battle to not let anger over come reason. In any situation no matter the severity of the event, reasoning with your assertions will provide a better solution then uncontrollable rage.