There are several key questions to address when performing a close analysis of Hamlet’s soliloquy.

There are several key questions to address when performing a close analysis of Hamlet’s soliloquy. These questions, listed below, should be used to structure your essay.

This short essay should be between 500-700 words and APA format. Needs three citations throughout. You should draw examples from both the play and at least two of the soliloquy performances listed below. You can use the performances to illustrate how the text, when spoken by an actor, still conveys a certain meaning. Your decisions about the meaning of the text should be drawn from both your reading of it and viewing of the performances.

  • What is Hamlet asking himself?
  • What relationship does this question hold to his ongoing decision as to whether or not he should act on the ghost’s information?
  • Does Hamlet explicitly answer his question by the conclusion of the soliloquy? If so, what is this answer? Is there any answer given at all?

Please see these links to the performances:

And on a humorous note, here’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version as seen in Last Action Hero (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video, 01 min 44 sec]

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