Soliloquy Analysis of Act 2 Scene 2 in Hamlet

Soliloquy Analysis of ACT 2 SCENE 2 in Hamlet
  William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the English language, wrote 37 plays in his lifetime and among them, tragedy of Hamlet is his most popular and greatest tragedy, displays his genius as a playwright, as literary critics have found an unusual number of themes and literary techniques present in Hamlet so one of the feature which makes this play marvelous is the using of soliloquies performed by Hamlet.
      The penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary theory defines “soliloquy” as a “speech, often of some length, in which a character, alone on the stage, expresses his thoughts and feelings.” But it is not enough, for Shakespeare’s soliloquies are often theatrical and also sometimes breaking the wall between actor and audience. For having a deeper definition of soliloquy, Alex Newell also says:” Sometimes a soliloquy reveals subconscious mental conflict in the subtext of the language of the soliloquist, conveying aspects of the character hidden from himself. It is the periodic revelation of the character’s mind in soliloquy that gives a sense of encountering the character’s truest self.”
      Shakespeare uses the soliloquy to reveal fascinating insights into his characters and in doing so; the soliloquies express the motivations behind actors’ actions ( especially in this play, create a sense of dramatic irony ) and allow the audience to gain an understanding as to why they behave as they do ( again, it is through soliloquies that we become omniscient in this play and discover actors’ intentions towards each other ) and also they may open a window into the inner life of a character.
      To understand this more, for instance in this play, once Hamlet has decided to act, he ignores the need to soliloquies. His obsession with the solitary acts as his tragic flaw, disabling him in a perpetual state of thought . In fact, according to Newell, Shakespeare makes the mind itself and what...