Hamlet Soliloquy Analysis Essay

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In Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” he writes a long passage that is known as the “to be or not to be” soliloquy. It is famous for many reasons, beginning with the story Shakespeare tells in it. At this part in the play, Hamlet knows that Claudius has killed his uncle. Where many people believe that this soliloquy focuses on Hamlet deciding whether to commit suicide, I believe that he is rather just contemplating his existence. Hamlet is second guessing himself and his actions. He wants to get revenge for his father’s death, and kill Claudius. The opportunity has presented itself to him multiple times, but Hamlet always becomes fearful and allows his conscience to take over. He says, “thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” This line is so amazing because Hamlet could be acting rational for so…show more content…
When a young kid goes into a grocery store and they see a cool toy that they want, but know their mom won’t buy, do they steal it or not? Their conscience knows it is wrong, so if they listen to it, then they make the right decision. At one part in the play Hamlet tries to kills Claudius, but sees that he is praying, and he, himself, is sinning, so he decides not to do so because he didn’t want Claudius to be able to go to heaven if he is killed while praying. I find this story very sentimental also, because Hamlet is so engulfed in the madness of his father’s murder, but yet, he is still overwhelmed by doing the right thing. There has been many times when I have been at odds with my conscience. For example, my cousin recently was staying at my house and stole around thirty dollars worth of change from me. I really wanted to search her things while she was gone to either find my money or take something of hers, but my conscience wouldn 't let me. I knew that would be wrong, and just like Hamlet, I didn’t go through with something that I planned to
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