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.
If Hamlet’s monologue “To be or not to be” was placed at the end of the tragedy, then Hamlet could have been called a skeptic who has no clue of what to do. In any case, at the time of proclamation of the monologue, Hamlet acknowledges that any action may cause unpredictable consequences. This monologue questions the unity of thought and conscience, which is a must for a hero. The monologue is placed at the beginning of the third act, followed by a mournfully sarcastic dialogue with Ophelia, by a scene “mousetrap”, and finally by the murder of Polonius. What is the sense of life for Hamlet?
He says sleep would end his heartache in lines 6-7, sleep being a euphemism for death. He also says he wished for death in lines 8-9. He goes back to his confusion of death in line 11, using a metaphor for death as sleep and "wondering" what "dreams" would come in such a sleep. In line 23, he says he "dreads something after death" which is left up to the imagination as he doesn't know what that something might be. He then uses another metaphor for death in lines 24-25, calling death an undiscovered country, and the dead non-returning travellers.
Both the confirmation from the ghost and the determined vow for vengeance seem to provide him with the motivation to live and start taking action. Despite the facts, instead of following the ghost’s instructions and acting immediately, Hamlet fabricates a plan to “put an antic disposition on” in order to deceive Claudius while he plots to murder him. This plan to feign madness allows time for another inner conflict to develop in Hamlet; whether to act on the ghost’s words and take revenge or leave the situation alone and return to contemplating suicide. However, certainty cannot be achieved through overthinking and Hamlet requires certainty to act. His swaying between options and creating excuses to procrastinate causes him to lose faith in himself, those around him and his own life ultimately resulting in suffering for
Another instance is after Romeo kills Tybalt, Friar Lawrence explains the positive to his banishment and points out “A gentler judgement vanished from his lips: / Not body’s death, but body’s banishment” (3.3.11-12). Shakespeare uses the words body’s death as a way to foreshadow what will happen if they end up loving each other and prioritize their love over their well being. The words body’s banishment shows how the souls of Romeo and Juliet are exiled from their bodies because they can not be together. Thus, Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to show the death of Romeo and Juliet, even though the audience knows and proves that they choose love over life Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that has started to become present in teens lives. The play shows that you should not put love over your well being as there will be fatal
Hamlet realizes there is no one left to trust but himself, which explains why he only speaks his innermost thoughts and feelings in the confines of privacy. Concerning the Fortinbras situation, Hamlet realizes how Fortinbras is doing something he is too much of a coward to do: actually follow through with a vow to avnge the death of his father. The words spoken from Hamlet himself sum it up perfectly, “How all occasions do inform against me, and
The reconciliation of the guilt goes hand and hand with the escape from the eternal return. In a similar way that Cobb enters the cycle, the moment where he begins to reconcile and finally accomplishes the reconciliation of his guilt appears within a particular scene. This occurs in Fischer’s subconscious, where Mal holds him hostage; she only allows them to leave if Cobb stays with her. Cobb first suggests that he will stay to be with Mal, but ultimately says, “Saito’s dead by now…I have to stay here and find him.”
Customarily, an author will construct a narrative in which the protagonist, a character contrived to be implausible, as well as honorable is destined to decline along the path of tragedy leading to suffering and misfortune. Distinctive writing strategies corresponding to the theme, motifs, symbols and characters contently allow the scripter to plot the flaws dominating the descent of the advocate. Amongst Fitzgerald and Shakespeare’s central characters, Jay Gatsby and Othello, both filled with passionate love for their significant other are corrupted by their lack of judgement causing them to lose the one they lust over. Similarly, both characters originated from a meager past which they were forced to struggle to achieve a position where they
Polonius’ nature of devious actions continues as he advises Ophelia to discontinue her relationship with Hamlet by saying “Tender yourself more dearly; Or - not to/ Crack the wind of the poor phrase, running it thus - you’ll tender me a fool” (I.III.107-9). Polonius
In the “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Hamlet says, “To die, to sleep/ No more—and by a sleep to say we end/ The heartache and the thousand natural shocks/ That flesh/ is heir to—’tis a consummation/ Devoutly to be wished!”(3.1 61-64) Proving that he is so distraught about taking action against his uncle that he believes that death would be an easier alterative to losing his purity and innocence. He ultimately decides that suicide is not the answer, “With this regard their currents turn awry/ And lose the name of action,” (3.1 88-89) because he cannot take the uncertainty of the afterlife. This entire soliloquy also highlights Hamlets delayed action to his problems.
What is a Man? The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that features Hamlet the prince of Denmark. He does not fit into the ideal of a man in Elizabethan times this is shown repeatedly throughout the play. In this play Hamlet’s progression as a character is shown in each of his soliloquies as he offers insight into his decisions this shows us a depth to the avenging hero archetype, as most characters in the archetype are consumed by revenge and focus on solely on retribution.
Loyalty is construct that defines individual disposition. A person’s response to fidelity delineates the calibre in which they conduct their life. Society classifies trustworthiness as a required trait, so consequently, the lack of it renders an individual as ostracised. However, allegiance is used as a malleable commodity to achieve a goal whilst dispending people as cannon fodder. Shakespeare exhibits a dichotomy of individuals shaped by their integrity through the contrasting characters of Horatio and Rosencrantz with Guildenstern.