Britain in Print
Act 1, scene 2 - lines 129-159
Pages from act 1, scene 2 of the 1611 quarto edition of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Edinburgh University Library Introduction

This section begins with four basic questions which set the scene for Hamlet's first soliliquy. These may serve as an introduction to Shakespeare's language for those new to his work. The basic questions are followed by others which delve deeper into the expression of Hamlet's thoughts.

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