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Karyna Calderon 8th period November 26, 2013 Seventh Soliloquy: Hamlet Act 4, Scene 4 In Hamlets last and

final soliloquy opening with How all occasions do inform against me, he catches a glimpse of Fortinbras leading his army through Denmark to capture small patch of land, while talking to a captain explaining they are fighting for nothing but a name; but giving Hamlet revelation to ponder upon his inability to execute his fathers revenge, even with a reasonable cause and motive. The soliloquy beginning with a revelation of Hamlet and his character development expands to suggest him playing devils advocate putting him in a train wreck of thoughts. In a few lines before the soliloquy, he is talking to a captain of Fortinbrass army only to be given a wakeup call in reason to fight. Hamlets revelation begins when the captain merely converses That hath in it no profit but the name, giving Hamlet to conclude that fighting over something so trivial is what results in wealth and peace but convinces himself Fortinbras is only fighting for his honor. At this point he beings to question why twenty thousand men risk their lives for nothing but a title/honor when his duty is to follow through with his fathers revenge if there is no honor in doing so. In the opening lines he begins to scold himself, How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge! Hamlet is saying to forget his duty to get revenge when there is no purpose to it, even with a reasonable motive. He simply cannot go through with his plan without feeling guilty and having his conscious speak right in his ear. Hamlet also believes that every life should be fulfilled, Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more. God gave us life and there is no use in throwing it away. He finds this as a reason to not

Karyna Calderon 8th period November 26, 2013 have honor in truly getting revenge because to be truly great one should not fight except when the argument is great. Hamlets perspective shifts in why he should follow through with his plan when he is reminded that he is left with a father killd, a mother staind. And in that moment he remembers the point of his motive, it puts light back on the situation that it is Hamlets natural duty to get revenge for his own father. But the guilt and thinking too precisely on this event has prevented him from his purpose. When King Claudius was in confession and Hamlet decided not to spear him in the ear he only convinced himself not to do it while he was talking to God but deep inside it could have been something not wanting him to do it. So not only did Hamlet know revenge was wrong but he has been knowing the whole time and finally figured out the whole reason when learning about Fortinbras attacking Poland. O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth, in the final lines of the last soliloquy he truly questions himself if he should fall through with it. Hamlet was once stressed over his fathers death, even though revenge was the right thing to do; he now commends the idea of having twenty thousand dead bodies for a fantasy and trick of fame. In the last and final soliloquy, Hamlet plays devils advocate and go back and forth in whether what to do, which adds to the insane thoughts he already had in his head. But the reason for fighting for a true argument or true honor is what makes the man fighting for it great. In this dilemma it shows his character development as the play progresses.