The Hamlet soliloquies below are extracts from the full modern English Hamlet ebook, along with a modern English translation. Reading through the original Hamlet soliloquy followed by a modern version and should help you to understand what each Hamlet soliloquy is about:

O that this too too solid flesh would melt (Spoken by Hamlet, Act 1 Scene2)

O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I (Spoken by Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2)

To be, or not to be (Spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1)

Oh my offence is rank, it smells to heaven (Spoken by Claudius, Act 3 Scene 3)

Now might I do it pat (Spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 3)

How all occasions do inform against me (Spoken by Hamlet, Act 4 Scene 4)

More Hamlet soliloquies coming soon!

Hamlet soliloquy spoken by Kenneth Brannagh, looking at Yorick's skull

Hamlet soliloquy spoken by Kenneth Brannagh, looking at Yorick’s skull

25 replies
  1. kels
    kels says:

    Tomorrow is saint valentines day, all in the morning bedtime,and I maid at your window to be your valentine.

    I wanted to know what this means in modern english.

  2. Shaga Narsaiah
    Shaga Narsaiah says:

    Thank you for your detailed explanations of soliloquies of Hamlet play. I am very much impressed by this site as it is helpful to the teachers like me.

  3. anonomous
    anonomous says:

    Hi I really need a monologue on Hamlet of my Shakespeare Project which is due on Tuesday. I really need. Thank you in adviance

  4. MeadowLark
    MeadowLark says:

    I don’t want them in Contemporary English… I want them in the original Modern English format.

    Beowulf – Unknown Author – Old English (Anglo Saxon)
    Cleanness – Unknown Author – Middle English
    Hamlet – William Shakespeare – Modern English
    The War of The Worlds – H.G. Wells – Contemporary English

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hey, what exactly IS a soliloquy? so if it’s Ok I would like a definition please. Your kindness would be much appreciated.


    • la James
      la James says:

      A soliloquy is someones private thoughts, musings-like talking to yourself; an inner dialogue one has with him/her self. A monologue is to talking to someone else.

    • izzi
      izzi says:

      soliloquies are basically monologues except there is only one person on stage. a monologue is one character speaking to another; soliloquies the actor speaks to the audience. Shakespeare the author wrote everyone of them.

  6. Unseeable
    Unseeable says:

    I need some questions answered ’cause I’m so confused. I’m trying to write stuff on the soliloquy “to be, or not to be” like the significance of it and how it fits into the play and i need some info from a website that i can trust so can you please give me some info?

    Thanks. ;D

    • vicky rana
      vicky rana says:

      Yes, there are seven soliloquies in HAMLET.

      7th Soliloquy:
      “How all occasions do inform against me” (Act Four, Scene Four)

      Hamlet talks with the captain sent by Fortinbras and utters this soliloquy. He is informer and say that Forbtinbras can go to the extent of risking his own life and the life of twenty thousand solid iers by invading Poland for the sake of his honour. This information gives jolt to Hamlet’s mind. It triggers in Hamlet a reaction and he laments his own inaction. It pains him ti see that he has better cause for action, yet remain inert. Now he takes firm decision that “from this time forth my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth.” By comparison, With Fortinbras who is ready to risk his life for the sake of honour, his own attitude was nothing but self-degrading and inexcusable. So he becomes resolute for revenge. Yhis soliloquy reveals his philosophising nature, his guilt complex and his determenation to take revenge come what may.

  7. Hamlet Summary
    Hamlet Summary says:

    There is nothing bigger or great than the philosophy presented by Shakespeare through Hamlet. The seven major soliloquies are so sublime and intense that one could immediately relate their life in them. I dare say that there won’t be an equal to Shakespeare till the end of the world.

  8. Bruce Robinson
    Bruce Robinson says:

    I enjoyed this simple interpretation. I took a Shakespeare class, though I was chemistry major, I kept feeling that the scholars over analyzed Shakespeare and many other authors. After all, where our language may differ some, we’re still connected by the same basic human emotions.


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