A Character Analysis of Hamlet Based on his Soliloquies

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A Character Analysis of Hamlet Based on his Soliloquies
Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Written around 1600, the play is built around the character of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. A major plot device employed by Shakespeare is a set of soliloquies by Hamlet. In each of these speeches we learn a little more about the conflicts and motivations of this complicated character. Many themes emerge in these speeches that include some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines such as “To Be, Or Not to Be. That is the question” from Act III, Scene 1 (Mabillard).
Hamlet’s first soliloquy comes in the second scene of Act I. Before he speaks we learn that the king has died and that the watchmen have seen his ghost. We also learn...
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