Diction/Connotation in IV.4 Soliloquy
Diction/Connotation in IV.4 Soliloquy
dont pretend to be someone you are not
Hamlet's acting as a loon has slowly turned him into one, causing him to hear voices in his head
Hamlet appears to sort of go back and forth between a killing machine with these great ambitions and a coward who only speaks not acts. Which won will he be?
Hamlet is doing what the ghost said to be careful of, losing control of the situation
Hamlet has been pretending to be someone he is not for the entire story. This seems kind of like he is actually going insane.
Hamlet has basically been doing everything except what the Ghost has asked him to do. He acts crazy and insane, but he really does not have a reason to do so
use of descriptive harsh vocab
gross as earth exhort me
go to their graves like beds
"Examples gross as earth exhort me."
He is being encouraged to kill by a ghost and by his own anger
Hamlet see that human beings are able to act so violently and purposefully for so little gain (the worthless land). By comparison, Hamlet has a great deal to gain from seeking his own bloody revenge on Claudius, and yet he still delays and fails to act toward his purpose.
Hamlet is continuously amazed by how people can devote themselves so wholly to something so insignificant. The player and this army are 2 examples of this.
Claudius or Hamlet will die soon
Will kill Hamlet or die trying? Possible foreshadow of assassination attempt on Hamlet?
Will Hamlet team up with Fortinbras to kill Claudius?
Who will try to kill who first?
Will Hamlet have Fortinbras kill Claudius for him?
Is Hamlet so blinded by his mission that he will even hurt himself in the process of seeking revenge?
After this he says "craven scruple" which means cowardly feelings. He questions if he will brutally murder Claudius as he says or will he just have cowardly feelings and not act. Does this change later ?
Hamlet is saying that he predicts he will either act mindlessly or think to much about what he has to do so that creates hesitancy and cowardliness, so he's saying he will either act stupidly or be afraid to act.
Does the thought of killing Claudius seem almost lackluster, or that it isn't enough of a revenge for Hamlet
"all occasions inform against me and spur my dull revenge" Hamlet is constantly reminded of his revenge and what he must do, this part of the soliloquy heightens the necessity of action
Does Hamlet feel like there is a better way to make Claudius suffer other than just straight up killing him?
Hamlet wants to send Claudius to Hell rather than just killing him
He thinks that killing him with a dull blade will be able to make his afterlife much worse, and allow him to suffer in Hell
He also thinks killing Claudius now would send him to Heaven, and not Hell where he belongs
Hamlet has twice now considered killing the King with a blade so perhaps the word "dull" signals Hamlet's intention to use "a dull blade" and make him suffer
Or that this is saying that Hamlet will not kill him with a blade, he will use another method, or he won't even end up killing him and getting revenge another way.
Divine Ambition (almost as if his ambition is one such as a god's)
Seemed to revere father as Godly and was told his revenge mission by the ghost of his father
Because he talks about the prince before I think he means that it is like a godly right to throne and army sort of thing where Hamlet feels it is his divine ambition to regain the throne and defeat Fortenbras
Will Hamlet become King and have to deal with Norway as an enemy?
Maybe Norway won't attack if Hamlet becomes king
"go to their graves like beds" this phrase he uses helps to emphasize the willingness that the soldiers had to fight for Fortinbras, since they really had no personal reason to
"be but to sleep and feed. A beast no more". Hamlet is saying that human is nothing more than an animal if all he does it sleep and eat (which is what he is doing). therefore he concludes that he must kill Claudius, or else he is not fulfilling a human life
"but greatly to find Quarrel in a straw when honor is at stake".
is saying that you don't need a reason to do murderous acts if your honor is on the line
His honor is at stake because he has to avenge his father's death.