Taking an inevitable outcome into something worth analyzing is Hamlet’s approach on life. To question the subject of death, love, family, and loyalty sums up the complex thoughts of modern man. Shakespeare unveils a journey into Hamlet’s mind through the documentations of his soliloquies. Hamlet is more than a prince, he is the revolutionary hero who undergoes many tragedies, yet confronts the idea of being surrounded by those events, and shares with us his philosophical contemplations. With the many occasions in Hamlet’s life, we gradually become enlightened in his way of thought and his obsession with the mysteries of change, life, and death. Although many of the other characters in the play Hamlet are bounded by loss, Hamlet is first to acknowledge and critically think about the possibilities of what happens at the end of road. For example, Claudius feels guilt after murdering his brother (Act 3 Scene 2 in the play that Hamlet makes) but does nothing to confront his lamentation, Ophelia suicides after her father’s death (Act 4 Scene 5), and Laertes seeks revenge after news of his father’s and sister’s death (Act 4 Scene 5) Surrounded by bereavement, curiosity in Hamlet was inevitable. In Act 3 Scene 1, Hamlet visits the graveyard and picks up Yorick’s skull and looks into the empty eye sockets. This action alone is significant because metaphorically it is Hamlet looking at death in the eyes. “As the pupil plus the power of sight constitutes the eye, so the soul plus the body constitutes the animal. From this it indubitably follows that the soul is inseparable from its body, or at any rate that certain parts of it are..." (Western Philosophy, Source 1) To gaze into the eyes of another is to know them. Our eyes are the gateways... ... middle of paper ... ...oul after death. And he acknowledges that he doesn't know what that would involve.” (Catherine England, Source 3) The ambiguity of the two extremes Hamlet wavers between is a reflection of the human frame, weak against the inevitable outcomes of life and reality. Hamlet’s constant uncertainty and overthinking is what goes past “to be or not to be” it is the question of endurance or sacrifice, right or wrong, and life or death. Shakespeare exposes the human frame of thought through Hamlet. Throughout the play, he questions life and death and Shakespeare carefully crafts Hamlet to contrast with the other characters who are unable to see the things Hamlet does and question the prospects of death. Beginning and ending with death, Hamlet’s philosophical insight is a way of reminding us to also question the things around us instead of giving in to the ways of the world.
The life of Hamlet filled with deception and death is the very example of the conflicts of one’s self. Where he is conflicted in his thoughts about himself, who he wants to be and what can he do. A life in which he can submit to each of his desires, revenge for his father or to continue as the price of Denmark who is everyone’s ideal prince. But even for those around Hamlet, No matter who, everyone will die and be forgotten. Which is the overall ending for Hamlet, will he die and be forgotten like those before him, But no matter what life comes to an end. Even for those that held power their fame eventually ends. And for Hamlet it is the very same. These extensional thoughts are brought out In Hamlet, where our thoughts conflict about who we are and what we perceive in others. But in the end we die and become dust that becomes forgotten in the wind.
Sadness is the first emotion that is usually related to death. In the play, Hamlet does not try to disguise his sorrow after his father’s murder. This sadness is intermingled with disgust for the others around him who moved on with their grief and criticized him for continuing to mourn. After being criticized by Gertrude and Claudius, Hamlet chooses to talk to open space to reveal his feelings (1.2.129-158). Hamlet clearly shows the sadness in his heart, as well as the idea of bitterness. He continually attacks his mother’s quick grieving: “O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / would have mourned longer” (1.2.150-151). This sadness continues in his fake madness, seeping into conversations that show his need for escape. In a confrontation with Polonius, Hamlet ends the con...
"To be or not to be? That is the question." (Shakespeare 57) Hamlet opens his famous soliloquy with the question whether it is harder to live and endure the many vicissitudes of life or to die and face the unknown territory of death. He wondered what happens after one dies, and what awaits each of us. The uncertainty in knowing what is to come of us after death, led Hamlet to believe that fear is generated by the unknown, for it makes people fear the things they cannot see and control. He reasoned that if our certitude of what happens after death is absolute, then people would willingly bear the grief that life so kindly offers. Hamlet raises the following philosophical question, is it harder
As the play’s tragic hero, Hamlet exhibits a combination of good and bad traits. A complex character, he displays a variety of characteristics throughout the play’s development. When he is first introduced in Act I- Scene 2, one sees Hamlet as a sensitive young prince who is mourning the death of his father, the King. In addition, his mother’s immediate marriage to his uncle has left him in even greater despair. Mixed in with this immense sense of grief, are obvious feelings of anger and frustration. The combination of these emotions leaves one feeling sympathetic to Hamlet; he becomes a very “human” character. One sees from the very beginning that he is a very complex and conflicted man, and that his tragedy has already begun.
The basis of one 's mortality and the complications of life and death are talked about from the opening of Hamlet. In the mist of his father 's death, Hamlet is having a hard time not thinking about and considering the meaning of life and how life ends. Many questions emerge as the story progresses. There was so many question that Hamlet contemplated. He was constantly worrying that is he revenged on his fathers’ death then what would happen. He would ask himself questions like, what happens when and how you die? Do kings go to heaven? If I kill, will I go to heaven?
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragic play about murder, betrayal, revenge, madness, and moral corruption. It touches upon philosophical ideas such as existentialism and relativism. Prince Hamlet frequently questions the meaning of life and the degrading of morals as he agonizes over his father’s murder, his mother’s incestuous infidelity, and what he should or shouldn’t do about it. At first, he is just depressed; still mourning the loss of his father as his mother marries his uncle. After he learns about the treachery of his uncle and the adultery of his mother, his already negative countenance declines further. He struggles with the task of killing Claudius, feeling burdened about having been asked to find a solution to a situation that was forced upon him.Death is something he struggles with as an abstract idea and as relative to himself. He is able to reconcile with the idea of death and reality eventually.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably one of the best plays known to English literature. It presents the protagonist, Hamlet, and his increasingly complex path through self discovery. His character is of an abnormally complex nature, the likes of which not often found in plays, and many different theses have been put forward about Hamlet's dynamic disposition. One such thesis is that Hamlet is a young man with an identity crisis living in a world of conflicting values.
Hamlet’s psychological influence demonstrates his dread of both death and life. In Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “To be or not to be” (3.1.64), he refers the “be” to life and further asks “whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” (18.104.22.168). By this, Hamlet is asking himself the question of whether to live or die.
In his tragedy Hamlet, William Shakespeare explores and analyzes the concept of mortality and the inevitability of death through the development of Hamlet’s understanding and ideology regarding the purpose for living. Through Hamlet’s obsessive fascination in understanding the purpose for living and whether death is the answer, Shakespeare analyzes and interprets the meaning of different elements of mortality and death: The pain death causes to others, the fading of evidence of existence through death, and the reason for living. While due to the inevitable and unsolvable mystery of the uncertainty of death, as no being will ever empirically experience death and be able to tell the tale, Shakespeare offers an answer to the reason for living through an analysis of Hamlet’s development in understanding death.
Hamlet is one of the most often-performed and studied plays in the English language. The story might have been merely a melodramatic play about murder and revenge, butWilliam Shakespeare imbued his drama with a sensitivity and reflectivity that still fascinates audiences four hundred years after it was first performed. Hamlet is no ordinary young man, raging at the death of his father and the hasty marriage of his mother and his uncle. Hamlet is cursed with an introspective nature; he cannot decide whether to turn his anger outward or in on himself. The audience sees a young man who would be happiest back at his university, contemplating remote philosophical matters of life and death. Instead, Hamlet is forced to engage death on a visceral level, as an unwelcome and unfathomable figure in his life. He cannot ignore thoughts of death, nor can he grieve and get on with his life, as most people do. He is a melancholy man, and he can see only darkness in his future—if, indeed, he is to have a future at all. Throughout the play, and particularly in his two most famous soliloquies, Hamlet struggles with the competing compulsions to avenge his father’s death or to embrace his own. Hamlet is a man caught in a moral dilemma, and his inability to reach a resolution condemns himself and nearly everyone close to him.
The perfection of Hamlet’s character has been called in question - perhaps by those who do not understand it. The character of Hamlet stands by itself. It is not a character marked by strength of will or even of passion, but by refinement of thought and sentiment. Hamlet is as little of the hero as a man can be. He is a young and princely novice, full of high enthusiasm and quick sensibility - the sport of circumstances, questioning with fortune and refining on his own feelings, and forced from his natural disposition by the strangeness of his situation.
Hamlet is the best known tragedy in literature today. Here, Shakespeare exposes Hamlet’s flaws as a heroic character. The tragedy in this play is the result of the main character’s unrealistic ideals and his inability to overcome his weakness of indecisiveness. This fatal attribute led to the death of several people which included his mother and the King of Denmark. Although he is described as being a brave and intelligent person, his tendency to procrastinate prevented him from acting on his father’s murder, his mother’s marriage, and his uncle’s ascension to the throne.
In the play Hamlet shows us his amusement with philosophy, after the death of his decease father we learn about his philosophy about life and death. We also learn about his struggle with the marriage of his mother Gertrude with his uncle Claudius, who he did not approve of. Hamlet also expresses him thoughts about love, family, sufferance, and also loyalty in his use of philosophy through the story. Do to Hamlets philosophy of life this story is the biggest one created by Shakespeare. Hamlets use of philosophy reflects upon all the encounters he goes throw since the death of his mother until his own death.