Soliloquies and the Evolution of Character in Richard III and Hamlet
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AbstractThis thesis examines the soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Richard III and Hamlet with the aim of showing that the soliloquies serve as a record of the evolution of the titular heroes. I examine each of the seven soliloquies, focusing on the speaker's character, and how they have changed throughout the respective plays. Next, I compare and contrast the two characters, their personalities, and their moral fiber. Finally, I discuss how Shakespeare uses the soliloquies as part of the play as a whole.
Degree ProgramHonors College