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Soliloquy is a very powerful dramatic device. It is used to reveal the inner working of character's mind. Through this device the dramatist communicates to the audience the secret thought of a character. Thus a soliloquy is a means of character revelation. It contributes to the development of the plot. There are a number of soliloquies in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Most of them belong to the hero and a few to the villain of the play. In the course of the play Hamlet has seven long soliloquies. The first soliloquy of Hamlet occurs before he has seen the Ghost. Here the young Hamlet reveals the grief that has been crunching his mind. He thinks of his suicide to get rid of this grief. He feels disillusioned with this world. This soliloquy shows the meditative nature of Hamlet: 'How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!' The second significant soliloquy of Hamlet occurs in Act - I, Scene - V. It comes just after the Ghost leaves him. H