Act Ii Of William Shakespeare — страница 2

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can be seen in the dialogue which suggests that Hamlet’s mind is working to assess a forthcoming opportunity. It is only later, in his soliloquy, that the audience is informed of Hamlet’s plan. Hamlet’s soliloquy at the end of Act II sees the culmination of his emotions and ends with an apparent resolution of his previous depression. This soliloquy is the only point in Act II where the audience can be certain of Hamlet’s sincerity and the emotional phases he goes through in the soliloquy show his true mental state. The soliloquy begins with Hamlet making a very derogatory remark about himself. Hamlet: O what a rogue and peasant slave am I. (II.2.547) This very degrading remark is used as an opening to this soliloquy in and shows the extent to which his depression has

developed in Act II. For him as a prince to place himself among the “peasant slaves” and “rogues” in this highly ordered society is a good indication of the immense anguish he feels as a result of not acting like a ‘noble’ son would and avenging his father’s murder. Hamlet’s depression because of his lack of motivation is highlighted in his soliloquy when he speaks of the motivation actors can get only for the sake of acting. His sadness also comes through clearly at this point. Hamlet: What would he do Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? He would drown the stage with tears… Yet I…peak…unpregnant of my cause, And can say nothing, no… (II.2.563-566) Hamlet is upset that an actor can cry for the sake of being a good actor yet he cannot

motivate himself to avenge his father’s murder. He is angry that all he does is ‘mope’, “unpregnant” of his “cause” and he “can say nothing”. Hamlet goes on to question his strength and willpower by asking “Am I a coward?” which indicates that he is unsure of himself and his strength to seek revenge. Hamlet regains his motivation near the end of Act II when he realises how he will be able to find out if Claudius is guilty of murder. This sees the beginning of a more high-spirited Hamlet for the rest of his soliloquy. Hamlet: I’ll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle…If ‘a do blench, I know my course. (II.2.592-596) The subject which Hamlet was contemplating at the first point where he regained his motivation

in this scene is similar to the one he is contemplating now. Since he is being sincere at this point, this connection emphasises the fact that when Hamlet can foresee a certain hope in the future, such as the revenge that he seeks being fulfilled, he regains some of his previously lacking motivation and composure. Hamlet uses his final words in Act II to reassure himself by justifying his previous inaction with a lack of damning evidence against the King and the possibility that the Ghost was a devil. Although he was warned of this possibility by Horatio, it is only now that he fully acknowledges it and uses it to make himself feel better. Hamlet: The spirit I have seen May be a devil, and the devil… Abuses me to damn me. I’ll have grounds More relative than this. The

play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King. Exit. Hamlet believes that he never had enough evidence that the King murdered his father. He believes that by using the play to deceive Claudius he will “have grounds more relative” than before and the importance he places on this is emphasised by the use of a rhyming couplet to end his soliloquy and Act II. Hamlet has moved from a very depressed state at the beginning of the soliloquy to a point where his motivation and confidence are at their highest point in this Act. This indicates an apparent resolution of his anger and depression because in the end he believes that he has justified his inaction which was the cause of these feelings. Through Hamlet’s language and behaviour in Act II of William

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the audience is allowed an insight into the character’s feelings of depression and anger, and confidence and motivation. These feelings intensify as the Act progresses until a culmination and an apparent resolution of these feelings occurs in Hamlet’s soliloquy. Hamlet feels his depression because he has not fulfilled his duty as a son and avenged his father’s murder. This is strongly conveyed in the Act in the few instances where Hamlet appears to be sincere. Hamlet’s soliloquy ends the Act with him passing from a point of extreme depression to a point where his confidence and motivation have built up. He justifies his inaction with a lack of evidence against the King and this results in an apparent resolution of his depression and anger.