Please help with homework Hamlet Act I, 1.2: What do you think is the main idea of Hamlet’s first soliloquy

  1. What do you think is the main idea of Hamlet’s first soliloquy? (133-164) How does the comparison to Hercules function in the speech? Who does he seem to detest more: Claudius or his mother?
  2. What is the “joke” in Hamlet’s exchange with Horatio? (183-188)
  3. Note the key words in Hamlet’s speech at the end of the scene. What is repeated here? What is echoed from earlier in the play?
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