In his soliloquy, he is asking himself whether it is better to live or to die, which he is considering to commit suicide. Also, in the soliloquy, Hamlet states that “Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?” (3.1.84-90). He explains that no one would like to live in an exhausting life, unless they don’t know what is going to happen after they die because they are afraid of what their after life is going to be. Both these quotes prove that the death symbol is always surrounded by Hamlet and he has a hard time to choose between life and
With his father just being murdered by his uncle Claudius and Polonius banning the relationship between him and Ophelia, the only thought running through Hamlet’s mind was anger and revenge. The acts of violence throughout the play comes in three different forms; murder, suicide, and combat. Polonius is unexpectedly murdered, Ophelia goes mad and commits suicide, and Hamlet provokes a battle with Laertes that ends poorly for both men. All three of these violent acts can be traced back to clouded judgements, indecisiveness, anger, revenge, and heartbreak. Shakespeare created such acts of violence to keep the readers on their toes and informed, but also to invoke questions.
Hamlet had no other thoughts in this matter, he chose to act as a crazy mad person and lose his honor and certainty from those who were around him to gain his dad’s name back and so the Old Hamlet kind would rest in peace. Hamlet know he will go through not an easy bath, which by that lead him to hastition in his decision, he still toke on the role of a mad person but not sure what to do, even though he know who did it, Hamlet was not certain that losing his honor which lead to losing the trust of many who were around, including his lover Ophelia. Hamlet goes back and forth, how about my honor, and my mom’s honor that has been lost from the time she thought of marrying, her husband’s brother. The action which have token at this point was i am going to bring her honor so that I could be able to start the revange. The struggle that hamlet went through is all because he knew and understand the meaning of an honorable king and hero been betrayed and killed by the person who spend the life with.
Although Hamlet still thinks negatively of death, he is much more tolerant of it. Hamlet is still “an unweeded garden”(1.2.133), and he is still having to face a lot through the middle section of the play. On the other hand, the level of chaos is lowering in Denmark, Hamlet's desire for suicide has been reduced. Hamlet is not sure if he wants to live or not, and asks himself “To be or not to be - that is the question”(3.1.64). Another reason why Hamlet is not sure on whether or not he wants to take his own life, is that he is also afraid of what is to come after death.
It is very common for the human race to be afraid of death. By presenting this inner conflict, Shakespeare was able to invent the relatable character of Hamlet. Michael Taylor contends that Hamlet is “is a vivid portrayal of madness and the elements of the human psyche.”(The conflict in Hamlet, 1971). The critic William Golding (2002) compares Hamlet’s confusion to the dilemma of the character of Arjuna of the Bhagawad Gita who is torn between his heart and his mind. And he describes their inaction as a “paralysis”.
Ultimately, Hamlet’s inaction is greatly caused by his thoughtfulness, which overshadows impulsive behavior and action. While this factor may be useful in restricting one’s rash actions, overthinking restricts any further development. Consequently, Hamlet is only able to take initiative in the final scene of the tragedy; however, also dying himself. Inaction is Hamlet’s “identifying feature” -talks about his plans, but does not fulfill them. 7 The final scene demonstrates the extent and influence of revenge, the prince must die in order to achieve vengeance.
Brutus’s Depiction as a Tragic Hero According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is “a person who must evoke in the audience a sense of pity and fear” (Wikipedia, “Tragic Hero”). Aristotle gives strict rules regarding the characteristics that are essential to a tragic hero. This is why Brutus, the protagonist from Julius Caesar published, is given traits of a tragic hero by the illustrious playwright Shakespeare. Julius Caesar is a tragic Shakespearean play that is published in the 16th century Julius Caesar tells about how Brutus joins a conspiracy to kill his best friend, precipitates a civil war, and commits suicide. This essay will examine, explain, and justify Brutus’s depiction as a tragic hero.
Over the course of Hamlet, many of the main characters engage in role play as a mechanism to achieve their own interests. Prince Hamlet is one of these characters, and his act proves to be one of the most important aspects of the play. Throughout the play, role-play (especially Hamlet’s) significantly affects the plot, and ultimately strains the relationships between several characters. Hamlet is among one of the most important characters to engage in role play. In act one, scene 5, shortly after being told that Claudius killed his father, Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that he plans to feign madness, and he says, “As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on- that you, at such times seeing me, never shall,
Things rank and gross in nature” (Shakespeare I.ii). In Hamlet’s most famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy , Hamlets reveals that he is contemplated suicide. However he is stopped not only by the thought of revenge but because of the fixed law that one cannot commit suicide to enter the gates of heaven. He wishes God had not created the law against suicide just so that he could end his life and still go to heaven. Here, Shakespeare not only uses God but also the laws created by Him to represent Hamlet’s supergo in the sense that it represents Hamlet’s conscience telling him that while suicide may seem like the best option
For example, the prince`s cruel and irrational behaviour towards his love interest Ophelia which leads to her suicide indicates that he was possibly not in the right frame of mind. Another example would be that he plays with the idea of madness on several occasions often appearing distorted, creating speculation about whether or not the prince is insane. It is only when Hamlet contemplates suicide “to be or not to be that is the question” (Hamlet,3.1) that he finally begins to recognise the permanency of death as being “the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns” (Hamlet, 3.1). It appears that he accepts the likelihood of the ghost not descending from purgatory after all, supporting the argument that the character is a figment of his