Speech In Hamlet's Soliloquy

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Due to the task given to him by the ghost, Hamlet feels life is not worth the pain and the struggle it requires. In the soliloquy, Hamlet weighs the option of suicide against that of life and its continued hardships. The tone of despair and depression is created by Hamlet’s statement of his internal argument, the alternating of opposite arguments, as well as a plethora of metaphors and comparisons. The soliloquy solidifies Hamlet’s indecisiveness and constant overthinking. It is used primarily to move the plot along and deepen the character of Hamlet. Up until this time, Hamlet was without direction. Thereafter, he is focused on the plan he has conceived in this passage.
The meaning of the “to be or not to be” speech has been given numerous interpretations, each of which are textually, historically, or otherwise based. The soliloquy occurs when it becomes clear to Hamlet that he has no allies, as everyone suspects he has gone mentally insane. He contemplates the consequences of death, and wonders why people generally keep trudging along the path of life. At first the idea of death is very inviting, as if it is the most luxurious of sleeps, but becomes problematic when the possibility of nightmare arises, "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there 's the rub", forcing us to re-live the tortures of our lives. Whether is it Hamlet 's own fear of the afterlife that he contemplates, "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all," or just an observation of human nature, it is

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