In Hamlets perhaps most famous soliloquy he cries out, to be or not to be, that is the question/Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, /Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, /And by opposing end them (Act III, I, 56). This quote furthermore reveals a part of the story that would be otherwise hidden to the reader, for example, his state of mind and also his desire to commit suicide in order to escape the pain of his life. The readers response, in result, is altered as it is made clear that Hamlet is obviously struggling to come to ter... ... middle of paper ... ...revenge will come (Act IV, VII, 25). This act of murder reflects upon the society through the vengeful advance of Fortinbras and his army upon Denmark in pursuit of reclaiming his fathers land. This dual understanding gives the play an additional element of excitement and intensifies the overall meaning and depth of the play through the relation to political elements of the surrounding society. The technique of dual understanding creates depth within Hamlet and influences the reader to examine the deeper meaning of the overall play. Through the elements of technique portrayed in this essay, it is clear to see that Shakespeare is able to influence the reader through soliloquies, imagery, and dual understanding.
This is because death scares him and he has to revenge his father. In this soliloquy, we learn that Hamlet is a fickle, indecisive and confused character whose state of mind is troubled. The soliloquy “How all occasions do inform against me” has parts of it that is similar to the third monologue. "I do not know why yet I live to say "This things to do." In this quote Hamlet might still be debating on why he still lives.
I was pushed to read more closely into the play and in doing so found many similarities between this particular speech and the thoughts and actions of Hamlet. My understanding of Shakespeare’s individual craft was also improved. Many characteristics of his writings shone through in Hamlet, particularly his creativity and questioning philosophies, his use of the procrastinating lead character, and his interesting use of irony. The basic principles of Hamlet were also revealed in the sixth soliloquy. The nature of revenge in a corrupt world and my understanding of these were improved through closer examination of the play.
In this soliloquy, Shakespeare uses metaphors, rhetorical questions, and repetition to express Hamlet’s indecision regarding what he should do. Shakespeare uses metaphors to express Hamlet’s view of life, death, and the afterlife. Hamlet first introduces the idea of suicide as a way to end the sufferings of life: “and by a sleep to say we end/ The heartache and the thousand natural shocks/ That flesh is heir to” (III. i. 69-71).
In Hamlet we truly see what a great deal of depth imagery provides us with. Imagery of disease, poison and decay gives us a chance at really understanding the true emotions that the characters experience in their mind and soul. With the imagery created by Shakespeare, we as readers, can actually comprehend the feelings that are experienced by the characters in Hamlet, that are not always obvious but important.
This is true for many of Hamlet’s soliloquies. For example, in Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Hamlet reveals his deep thoughts concerning suicide (III, i, 56-89). In the actual, “To be or not to be” quote he questions whether to exist or not to exist; essentially, he is contemplating suicide (III, i, 56). He contemplates suicide by saying that dying is really only sleeping which ends heartaches and shocks that life gives, “And by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks” (III, i, 63-64). The soliloquy also showed the audience his thoughts concerning his father’s death and mother’s remarriage to Claudius.
The Internal State of Hamlet Abstract: This essay uses psychoanalytic, new historicism, and deconstructive methods of criticism to expore the scene in which Hamlet stands before Claudius and Gertrude after he has killed Polonius. The oblective is to provide a better understanding of how Shakespeare uses the events in the play as a means of shaping or changing Hamlet's actions or emotions Hamlet is a character with emotions that are so complex and intriguing that we, as readers or viewers, are drawn into this story until Hamlet's situations, actions, and feelings become things we can understand, and relate to, as if his emotions were as human as our own. This genuineness Hamlet holds creates for this play an audience who wishes to examine the character of Hamlet in hopes of grasping a better understanding of how Shakespeare uses the events in the play as a means of shaping or changing Hamlet's actions or emotions. The scene in which Hamlet stands before Claudius and Gertrude after he has killed Polonius is a scene particularly worth examining in this respect, because it allows us to see one of the most interesting changes that Hamlet undergoes in the play and how his inner-emotions or thoughts affect his behavior. To explore this engaging scene I will employ the use of psychoanalytic, new historicism, and deconstructive methods of criticism.
Hamlet provides insight into human nature, broadening ones horizons and ultimately deepening their understanding of themselves. Through the use of universal themes Shakespeare is able to ask the “big” questions of life which help one find an answer for themselves. Additionally, he uses relatable characters to make one reexamine themselves and those in their lives. All the while his work is entertaining, captivating and enjoyable and for this reason Hamlet should be studied. Shakespeare uses characters very effectively in the play Hamlet, as he successfully creates contrast between his flawed characters all the while making sure one can relate to them.
Shakespeare uses a hybrid of the Aristotelian and the Senecan tradition of revenge tragedy to frame the complexity of Hamlet’s tension between disillusionment and moral integrity. Humanism embraced philosophical and moral truth where man and his ability to reason replaced God at the centre stage of attention. The plays exploration of issues surrounding justice, loyalty, revenge and morality are somewhat secondary to the depths of Hamlet’s human struggle. From the outset, we can see Hamlet’s psychology, his humanity and the fragility of his mind. In his first soliloquy through the metaphor “flesh would melt… resolve itself into a dew,” (Act 1 scene 2) Shakespeare establishes the tone a... ... middle of paper ... ...amlet and Fortinbras.
Had the meaning of existence now became a matter of the soul and conscience, and what was ‘deemed’ acceptable and right. This universal confliction and idea presented through the character of Hamlet, Shakespeare has been able to engage the audience, where questions posed by Hamlet, through soliloquies, transcends to the audience and forces them to reflect on their own beliefs and values, and how they act if they were him. Hamlet is engulfed with revenge to kill Claudius, after the Ghost informs him that it was Claudius who killed him. However, despite this, Hamlet delays and is unable to perform any act of revenge, due to his conflicted feelings. It is in the soliloquy ‘O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!’ where Hamlet finally decides to act, “Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell”.