Although Hamlet appears to be the epitome of an anti-existentialist from the outset of the story, Hamlet 's logic slowly begins to unravel scene by scene, like a blood-soaked bandage, with layer after layer revealing snippets of Hamlet 's emotion and feeling. When Hamlet utters the famous lines " To be, or not to be: that is the question: / Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune / Or to take arms against a sea of troubles " he is contemplating the thought of suicide and wishing that God had not made suicide a sin (III.i.58-61). Hamlet 's anxiety, uncertainty, and tensions cause him to doubt the power of reason alone to solve his problems. Hamlet begins to realize that reason is impotent to deal with the depths of human life—one of the central assertions of existentialism (Bigelow, paragraph 6). Perhaps this is why Hamlet feigns madness; he realizes that he lacks the emotions to avenge his father 's death.
Hamlet is scared of death, but also is very depressed in life. Hamlet values human life and chooses reason over acting out of impulses. Overall, Hamlet is a very real and relatable character and I am happy to have read the play. It was a very enjoyable experience even though it is a depressing
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet intricately weaves in a dualistic the theme of cowardice and bravery in the spiralling plot revolving around the palpable effects of King Hamlet’s death. The young prince, distraught by the recent death of his beloved father as well as his mother’s hasty marriage to his uncle, oscillates between decisions “to be or not to be.”*to act or not to act- Throughout the majority of the play, Prince Hamlet fails to take action, hence remaining in a state of neither being or not being. Hamlet’s emotional state, in turmoil due to grief and rage, further deteriorates after the unanticipated appearance of the Ghost of King Hamlet in the first Act. After hearing the Ghost’s story in which the present king, Claudius, is King
In Hamlet, Shakespeare has presented a widespread demonstration of nihilism. Nihilism is depicted as an existential hollowness that occurs as a response to life that persistently evades opportunities for meaning. The paradox of Hamlet’s character moves between pessimism and desperate hopefulness. John Bell describes Hamlet as having ‘lots of dark corners. He is a mass of contradictions’ (Bell, 190).
Because of this, the narrative of Hamlet is always more than it seems. The characters in this story are all plotting against each other and the situation makes the tale seem a little deeper in meaning. Violence in Hamlet shows the path that Hamlet takes in exacting revenge against King Claudius and how he feels about
This soliloquy opens with Hamlet calling himself a wretched villain who lacks courage to carry out his mission. At this moment, Hamlet is unsure if he is making heroic choices in avenging his father, or if he is the villain doing unspeakable deeds. “Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!” (569-570). Gradually, he will come to question if the ghost he saw was truly his father, or some other malicious apparition.
Others would say that after he accepts his father 's plea for vengeance, that he uses this cloak of madness as a disguise so Claudius cannot see his murderous intentions. As many researchers know there is much evidence for both his sanity, and his madness. But which is true? In the play, Hamlet is constantly talking to himself, which is already one sign of madness, but the things that he says to himself are murderous and even suicidal quotes. One of the quotes in the play being, “HAMLET: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!
While Hamlet is full of self-doubt and conflicting emotions, Laertes is quick to attempt to avenge his father. Laertes immediately jumps to the conclusion that King Claudius is the murderer of his father and he seeks vengeance. He is willing to storm into the Demark court – without thinking – and tell King Claudius that, “only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (4.5.132-133). In contrast to Laertes’ sudden actions, Hamlet ponders the chance to kill the man responsible for his father’s death. Even when Claudius is alone and the option is available, Hamlet fails
These words nearly drove Hamlet to madness as his emotion were so powerful that he reached a point to where he could not even process them. He told the guards who originally told him about his father’s ghost to swear not to tell anyone and to disregard his behavior as he was going to intentionally act crazy in order make himself seem unstable and put Claudius on edge in order to discover the truth. “How strange or odd some 'er I bear