The soliloquies from Hamlet 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!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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

    • 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.

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