Hamlet has a dilemma of should he live or should he just die. “ Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of trouble”. (58-60) He is unhappy with his life and unsure of what death may bring. He describes life as “sea of troubles”. This shows that Hamlet knows that living is a struggle.
He plans out ways to kill Claudius with hesitation, but knows it must be done to honor is father. Throughout not only his soliloquy, but the entire play, Hamlet’s uncertainty about his plans are emphasized and he is personified as too analytical about what he should do with himself and with Claudius. Many thoughts of suicide have crossed his mind and with everything that he has thought about, he is unable to organize his thoughts and cannot choose one idea to stick to without reading into it so much. Hamlet is not very certain of what he wants to do with himself. He goes back and forth between choosing whether to live or die.
Even with the thought, Hamlet only makes a decision because he is afraid of the dreams that he does not know may come. In Hamlet, Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death, but wonders whether the struggle of living and carrying through with his plans is worth the hardships, or if death is a better option. Shakespeare writes a soliloquy where Hamlet discusses with himself whether he should live or die. Shakespeare discusses the idea of suicide through metaphors, rhetorical questions, and repetition until Hamlet decides that he is too afraid of death to commit suicide. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
Hamlet’s character is not only shown in this monologue, but in other parts of the play too. He learns from the contemplation over life and death that he would rather live and revenge his father 's death than die. Partly because the unknown after death scares him and the other part is because he wants revenge. The speech briefly explains Hamlet’s confusion and overthinking. For example, him continuously going back and forth with himself on whether to continue suffering through life, sleep, or die, and he questions whether to follow the ghost of his father, and whether to seek revenge or not.
Suicide is one of the major themes throughout Hamlet. Hamlet contemplates suicide many of times, and continues to constantly ask himself if he really has any reason to live. Hamlet has a very wide range of emotions; he becomes angry with things and situations, and tries to look for escapes. He always seems to think about it, but for some reason he just keeps on living. Maybe he wants to continue to live because he wants to complete revenge for his father, or maybe he is scared of the idea of death and the place he might have to be in his afterlife.
His character is clearly shown in this speech. In act 4 scene four, Hamlet finally decides to kill Claudius, but only after seeing men going to a meaningless war. He also decides to stop thinking too “precisely on the event” as this is his flaw and delays him taking action. Unlike the 4th soliloquy, the third and most famous soliloquy seems to be governed b... ... middle of paper ... ...ontemplation over life and death that he would rather live than die. This is because death scares him and he has to revenge his father.
Some reasons which include not being unable to commit the murder are Hamlet's fear of what would happen if he did kill Claudius, his concience bothering him for taking the life of his uncle, his disbelief in the ghost, and because of his facination with death. The most important reason that him back from committing the murder is if Hamlet were to carry out what the Ghost told him and carried out immediate revenge, how would Hamlet be able to convince the people that he justifiably executed an act of revenge. Another reason Hamlet procrastinates is that his psychological feelings confuse his ability to confront his destiny. Hamlet's dilemma has little to do with what decision he should make, but if he would be able to make any at all. Hamlet could have also lost his ... ... middle of paper ... ...ly major fear in Hamlet is that of people finding out what he is thinking.
By Hamlet considering all the reasons why people suffer through life, Hamlet concludes, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. And thus…this regard their currents turn awry. And lose the action” (3.1.84-89). Prince Hamlet had a myriad of opportunities from act 1 to act 3 to go ahead and kill himself. However each time he considers to rid himself of the earth, he finds subtle reason to stay, such as the fear of afterlife, being a coward, and being forgotten in death as his father; thus stopping his action as he had observed in other people.
This is why we are all afraid of death, and so the person who thinks about this situation does not know what to do. We are afraid of the action that we take causing death. But wait, What about Ophelia, the spirit. May my sins be remembered forever. 2) Before Hamlet begins his soliloquy the King is speaking with Polonius, the Queen, Ophelia, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Hamlet has evidently shown in the play how his uncertainty in his decisions slows him down in killing Claudius. His indecisiveness makes spend more time thinking about the situation and the possible outcomes. In act 2 scene, Hamlet has yet to fulfil his promise to his father. Hamlet is holding himself back from avenging his father. Hamlet refuses to act as if he knows what he is doing when in reality, he has not found out whether the act of killing is heroic and moral or cowardly and immoral.