Diction/Connotation in IV.4 Soliloquy (Trick of Fame (doubting oneself ,…
Diction/Connotation in IV.4 Soliloquy
In way of passion
cowardly hesitation that results from thinking
doesn't kill Claudius right away, thinks that its not the right time because he is praying and asking for forgiveness
"mindlessness like the beasts"
second option- kill Claudius without thinking about it
doesn't because of "craven scruple"
"What is a man [...] but to sleep and feed?"
Honor is at stake
Right vs. Wrong/Good vs. Bad
Making decisions and what is the good one for the kingdom?
"Have a father killed"
Have "a mother stained"
Gertrude is going to feel devastated after Claudius is killed
How will Ophelia feel? Has Hamlet completely given up on her?
Will Gertrude feel more pain when Claudius dies than when Hamlet's father died?
The battle is the perfect time to kill Claudius
Trick of Fame
unsure of one's actions
illusion of success
How Hamlet is a braggart and believes that he is someone special and important, and how his actions portray this.
It's Hamlets duty now to kill Claudius, and that is what he has been destined to do all along.
"My thoughts be blood "
nothing matters except killing Claudius
done waiting for the right moment because Fortinbras might get there first
The only thing he can think about now is the death of Claudius
"one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward"
because he still has not killed Claudius
20, 000 soldiers are going to fight to reclaim their land (and die) for which they have no direct personal connection to
fortinbras is fighting for land that his father lost and Hamlet has not done anything yet to avenge his father