Hamlet Soliloquy And Character Development

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Hamlet Soliloquy And Character Development

  1. 1. Act 4, Scene 4, Pg. 231<br />In this soliloquy, Hamlet is comparing himself to fortinbras. He begins by saying a man is no different from an animal if he doesn’t put his thoughts into action; if all he does is eat and sleep. Then he goes on to point out how great Fortinbras is for leading this army to take revenge for his father. Hamlet says he has more cause and a better reason to get revenge against Claudious than Fortinbras has, and yet he still hasn’t put his plans into action. Hamlet shows that he believes true greatness is not fighting over unimportant things; it is being ready to fight, even over a small issue, if it is a question of honor. He ends his speech by deciding to carry out his father’s revenge saying, “O, from this time forth my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth”.<br />Hamlet’s character is developed in this Act through his long soliloquy. He sees himself as a coward and admits he is thinking too much instead of taking action. He comes to the realization that he is not living up to his definition of greatness. While coming to these conclusions, Fortinbras’ character is developed as well. Hamlet magnifies Fortinbras for highting for his father’s honor when he seems to have less reason to fight than Hamlet does. Fortinbras is developed as a strong leader in this speech. He is someone deserving of admiration and respect and someone Hamlet looks up to.<br />

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