My famous Hamlet page is back! After closing it down about 15 years ago, I bring back my essays on the Soliloquies of Hamlet! Enjoy them and use them for inspiration, but please, please, please do not plagiarize!¬†They’re from my senior year in the International Baccalaureate.. I think that they’ll give you something to think about, no matter what level you’re at. I wrote them to help me prepare for a fifteen minute oral examination. I think that they bring up some of the main points of the soliloquies, but if you’re writing an essay, you’ll really have to expand on them.

“Where be your gibes now? Your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? …. To what base uses we return, Horatio!”

That’s just one of my favorite scenes in the play. The merry gravedigger in the picture, mockingly juxtaposes life and death with his jocose songs and good humour. His behavior is erratic and that is something that I would like to learn from him. His ability to toy with life and death, and his receptiveness to that which is time-less exceed both mine and indeed Hamlet’s.


O that this too, too solid / sullied flesh would melt”
Act 1.2.129-159
“Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast.
Act 1.5.42
Now I am alone / O, What a rogue and peasant slave am I!”
Act 2.2.522
To be or not to be
Act III.1.55
O, My offense is rank…
Act III.3
Look Here upon this picture... Stop no more sweet H.”
Act 3.4.54-97
How all occasions do inform against me”
Act 4.4.32-66