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In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the idea of rational action versus emotional action plays a big role. It is seen very clearly throughout the entirety of the play in various scenes, but specifically through Hamlet’s first soliloquy. Rational is defined as “based on facts or reason and not on emotions or feelings, and also as having the ability to reason or think about things clearly.”(Merriam-Webster) However, emotional is defined as “dominated by or prone to emotion.”(Merriam Webster) The two ideas are related for the fact that they both deal with emotion. The difference between the two will become clear as they apply to Hamlet and the shift Young Hamlet portrays, through his soliloquy, from rational action to emotional action.
Hamlet’s soliloquy is able to encompass his ever-changing feelings and emotions into one. There are examples of both rational and emotional action throughout its entirety. It develops all of Hamlet’s personal issues and also foreshadows what is to come throughout the rest of the play. The beginning of the soliloquy is of utmost importance because it shows…
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