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We meet a series of soliloquies in the world-famous tragedy,  Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Hamlet makes several of them. Among them, his first soliloquy is a very significant one.

The first soliloquy occurs before he has seen the Ghost. In this soliloquy,  Hamlet reveals the grief that has been annoying in his mind. He wishes that religion did not forbid suicide so that he could kill himself and be rid of this grief. He feels disillusioned with the world -

''How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world ''

He deplores the fact that his mother should have remarried barely two months after the death of her first husband. The soliloquy shows Hamlet's meditative nature. We also note his generalizing tendency when he says ''Frailty, thy name is woman! ’’
Actually, this soliloquy of Hamlet undoubtedly throws a flood of light on his character and personality. This shows Hamlet to be a scholar,  a philosopher,  and a poet.


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