From here on, he will shed his attachment to the words that cause a deed's "currents to turn awry and lose the name of action." You can divide the soliloquy into five thematic sections: The first section identifies Hamlet's mission: revenge.
Hamlet says that everything he encounters prompts him to revenge: "How all occasions do inform against me / And spur my dull revenge! Hamlet must stop over-thinking events and recognize in himself the strength, and means to complete the required act The third section sets Fortinbras' example of how Hamlet should act. to all that fortune, death and danger dare, / Even for an eggshell." Once again Fortinbras holds up a mirror to his Danish counterpart. Oh from this time forth My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth.
This soliloquy occurs after King Claudius and the Queen Gertrude urge Hamlet in the open court to cast off the deep melancholy attitude, which has taken possession of his mind as a consequence of his father’s death.
The opening lines of this soliloquy show not only his youth and naïve mind but also reinforce the symbolism of his feelings.
He says, “O that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
” It is obvious that though he is saddened by his father’s death but the larger cause of his gloom is his mother’s untimely marriage to his uncle, barely in a month of his father’s death.
Hamlet scorns his mother by saying, “Frailty, thy name is woman!
” He also continues his disdain by stating that even, “a beast would have mourned a little longer.” Hamlet’s directive commentary regarding his mother’s marriage implies that he believes it to be an incestuous affair.
Summary On his way to England, Hamlet observes Fortinbras leading his troops through Denmark toward Poland.
He questions a captain and learns that the Norwegians plan to wage war over a worthless patch of land in Poland.