In Hamlet's first soliloquy preceding his father's death, he tells the audience “O that this too, too solid flesh would melt. Or that the Everlasting had not fixed, His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!”(Act 1. Scene 2. lines 130-133) This gives us a brief preview of Hamlet's mental state in the beginning of the play. Hamlet is extremely depressed and admits that but says it would be a sin to kill himself. Hamlet goes on to describe the world as "weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable" and compares it to an "unweeded garden” (Act 1.
He views death as the great equalizer and is ready to accept it. When Hamlet finds the skull of Yorick, he starts considering death and how it is the great equalizer. “Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, might stop a hole to keep the wind away,” (Act 5,Scene 1,Lines 216-217). Hamlet learns that no matter the power and no matter the wealth, everyone would end up being nothing but dirt. Hamlet compares Yorick, a jester of the court, to Alexander the Great and Imperious Caesar.
My tables meet it is I set it down, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain. At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark,” [Act I, v l. 106-109]. Hamlet’s hatred toward his father’s killer caused him to relate the tribulations between murder and the aspects of Denmark as a country together. As with most of the conflicts Hamlet faced, his lack of ability to avenge his father’s death, furthered the deterioration of his life and surroundings. With countless opportunities neglected, Hamlet’s ability to take any action against his father’s death is questioned.
Claudius, who is Hamlets uncle, has recently become the new king and as well married Hamlets fathers wife, Gertrude. Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his fathers death, but because he is contemplative and thoughtful by nature, his heart is not fully in the deed, and he delays, entering himself into a deep depression and strong apparent madness. Hamlets quest for revenge leads him on a long journey of deception and eventually his own death. Hamlet himself feels that he is slacking on his vengeance. He explains that “...all occasions do inform against [him] and spur [his] dull revenge.” (Act IV, Scene iii) There are many points in the book were Hamlet gets upset at himself because he isn’t applying himself to his quest for revenge.
This view is continually portrayed when Claudius laments the death of his brother The King then recites the terse eulogy to his brother that he murdered: ?Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother?s death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe? To our most valiant brother ? so much for him. Now for ourself and for this time of meeting. Thus much the business is?(1.2.1-30).
(Do not forever with thy vailèd lids/Seek for thy noble father in the dust./Thou know'st 'tis common. All that lives must die,/Passing through nature to eternity.)(1.2.68-73). Without the time to grieve, Hamlet was left with the echo of his mother?s and Claudius?s hurtful and unsympathetic words of advice. While Hamlet was forbidden to ?useless mourning? (We pray you, throw to earth/This unprevailing woe, and think of us/As of a father.
“How weary stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of the world “(page 31). This quote shows the attitude Hamlet uses towards life, he is saying that the world is stale, it has no taste left. Hamlet is showing his pessimistic side in him in this soliloquy. When the ghost of Hamlet’s father reveals to Hamlet who killed him, Hamlet becomes more complicating, he becomes furious. “…That one may smile and be a villain atleast I’m sure it may be so in Denmark” (page 69) in this soliloquy Hamlet shows his feelings towards Claudius, that Claudius is smiling to show that he is nice when he isn’t.
This embodiment of death starts the flow of the whole story when he exposed the means and manner of his death by his own brother, Claudius’s hand. He entreats Hamlet to exact rev... ... middle of paper ... ...d that even though he was a great man, “Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he was converted might they not stop a beerbarrel?” (5.1.194-198) It doesn’t matter how important someone is, they still will die and become dust, just like any other man. After all this contemplation of death and suicide, Hamlet finally arrives at his own conclusion on the matter. Before he goes to face Laertes in his final dual, he comes to terms with death. “If it be now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, It will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come.
In the play, Hamlet explores multiple questions for what happens after death. According to Hamlet, heaven, hell, and purgatory do exist and is dependent on what one does in the real life, but what one does on the earth does not affect their legacy. Before the ghost comes and tells him that Claudius has killed him and that he is stuck in purgatory Hamlet is depressed about his fathers death. After a ceremony celebrating Claudius and Gertrude, the new king and queen of Denmark, Hamlet is alone and speaks his first soliloquy. In addition, at this point in the play it is known that Hamlet is not acting and is sincere.
For example,'Oh, 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!”(I, II, 129-132). This line is clear and shows what Hamlet is thinking about, he is considering suicide. His father has died, his mother has remarried to his uncle, everything is going downhill for Hamlet. Hamlet tells his mother that he is essentially not mad, but ‘mad in craft.' (III.IIII.188-189).