The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, / or to take arms against a sea of troubles… / ... To die: to sleep” (3.1.56-60). Hamlet here is questioning his own existence and his purpose to live. He is now reached a stage of despair where he is losing sight of truly why he must be alive. This emotion becomes so prominent as he continues on more describing life’s difficulties and how easy it would be to put a permanent end to them by ultimately putting an end to his own life.
As Hamlet reaches the climax of the play, his entrapment comes in the form of malevolence towards Claudius in Act III, scene iv. This is when Hamlet stabs Polonius through the curtain, and then voices how he will fully commit to violent actions against the king, after the Ghost tells Hamlet again to do what he has been told. “I do repent; but heaven hath pleased it so, to punish me with this, and this with me, that I must be their
“Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles…” (3;1;65-67). The previous line from the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, really shows how the man has put himself into a dangerous mindset. There are many reasons for Hamlet to have been dragged into this mindset: dishonor, death, murder, and incest. The line “To be, or not to be” can only be explained for what it is, Hamlet battling with himself over the worth of continuing to live or to just end his suffering.
Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage. He discusses this idea exemplifying people with dyslexia who used their unique abilities to their advantage when they struggled with reading and writing. Gladwell’s theory of overcoming difficult situations does not apply to Shakespeare 's character Hamlet because he is unwilling to overcome and improve, after his father’s death, leading to his ultimate downfall. At the beginning of Hamlet, King Hamlet has suspiciously died and his son, Hamlet is overcome by the death of his father, causing him to constantly grieve and not heal.
This was important because it showed how Fortunato caught on and deprived Montresor of the revenge he wanted, the type a true avenger would have received. By Fortunato not answering the calls, Montresor grew sick to his stomach because he knew he would never get the chance again. Likewise, both characters had a change of personality. In contrast, Montresor changed from being cunning and enduring to careless and impatient; while in Gilman’s story, the narrator was passive and submissive then towards the end became impulsive and abrasive. This is because Montresor planned the perfect time to seek revenge on Fortunato, the perfect time, the perfect place, and the perfect distraction.
Due to the recent death of his father, and his Mother's marriage soon after, Hamlet has a very bleak outlook on life. In line 4, Hamlet uses a metaphor to reveal that living feels like he is fighting a "sea of troubles" through life. By this, readers see that he is constantly being battered by his problems that will eventually drown/kill him. Hamlet also uses personification in line 12 to show that he feels life his dragging him down like a heavy coil. He also calls this
Ophelia and Hamlet are also used in contrast to emphasize the idea of insanity. William Shakespeare explores the mystery of death by using contrasting themes of life and death. After his father’s murder, Hamlet becomes infatuated with the idea of death and what is to come after life. Yorik’s skull depicts the clear contrast between life and death as it gives a physical representation of death
Yet, how Ophelia and Hamlet reacts to their father’s speeches differentiate. He discusses Ophelia’s relationship with Hamlet, he is verbally abusive and talks down to her. In the play, Polonius utters, “Tender yourself more dearly, or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase, running it thus) you’ll tender me a fool” (Shakespeare 252). Polonius uses the word tender to show that he wants Ophelia to offer more respect to herself. He cuts himself off to show that he uses the word tender a great deal, but to make the word, tender, have more value.