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Homework Help: English- Hamlet

Posted by Mohammad on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:33pm.

I got to explain this soliloquie in a paragraph:

Spoken by Hamlet, Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2:

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on’t! ah fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:
So excellent a king; that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!
Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on: and yet, within a month–
Let me not think on’t–Frailty, thy name is woman!–
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she follow’d my poor father’s body,
Like Niobe, all tears:–why she, even she–
O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason,
Would have mourn’d longer–married with my uncle,
My father’s brother, but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules: within a month:
Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,
She married. O, most wicked speed, to post
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not nor it cannot come to good:
But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue.

i read some modern translation of this but it still sort of be hard to undrstand some parts, but this what i get, and my sister helped me, i not sure how to start it off though.

Hamlet feels that his mother Gertrude betrayed his father by marrying his uncle Cladius so quickly after his father’s death. Claudius and Gertrude talk against Hamlet's wishes, by telling him to stay in Denmark and not go back to study in Wittenberg. He has his first suicidal thought, regarding the world as useless. He can't seem to take in the comparison of his father to his uncle Claudius. His father was much pure compared and good to Claudius. Hamlet doesn't think there is anything good about Claudius, he sees him as a vial, revolting and unworthy of the throne. He is disgusted by his mother moving on so fast with her life, marrying Claudius and letting go of the memories of her and King Hamlet. Hamlet's trust for his mother seems to wear away and he begins to doubt her love for his father, and believes she could be a part of the murder. He decides not to share his feelings with anyone because it's not his place.

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