(R. Whites, K. Zich, R. Maxwell)

2) How do Hamlet's seven soliloquies reveal his character?


Hamlet's soliloquy's reveal much about his character. However, they mainly seem to reveal that he is virtuous, though quite indecisive. These characteristics are explored through his various ways of insulting himself for not acting on his beliefs, and his constant need to reassure himself that his deeds are correct.

The Soliloquys

O that this too too sullied flesh would melt (1.2.129-159)
O all you host of heaven! O earth! what else? (1.5.92-111)
O what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (2.2.549-607)
To be, or not to be, that is the question (3.1.56-89)
Tis now the very witching time of night (3.3.380-392)
Now might I do it pat, now a' is a-praying (3.3.73-96)
How all occasions do inform against me (4.4.32-66)




Online Resources(3)

Textual Resources(3)
  • Newell, Alex. The Soliloquies of Hamlet. London: Associated University Presses, 1991
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Approx. 1600
Alan, Durband. Shakespeare Made Easy. Barron's Educational Series, Inc, 1986