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Shakespeare's Hamlet: I Stay Or Should I Go

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Should I Stay or Should I Go
GRABBER. In the timeless play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the mighty character Prince Hamlet is torn to shreds by the choices he will, has, or desires to make. Hamlet is a complex tragedy involving love and revenge. Throughout the entire literary work, the Prince of Demark struggles with the inner conflict between life and death in his mind. “Should I stay or should I go?” Although Hamlet has both the desire and will to commit suicide, his procrastination and intelligence stonewall his plans due to his inability to voice his emotions, religion, and fearful nature.
Hamlet’s suicidal tendencies are caused by his inability to openly express his emotions. In the middle of Hamlet’s soliloquy in act one, he compares the world he lives in, to a garden that no one cares for, and where the weeds tant the once refreshing and peaceful place (Hamlet 1.2.135-36). This is his subtle way of letting the audience
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He analyzes each aspect of an idea regarding life or death, causing him to be indecisive or to procrastinate. In act 3, Hamlet once again finds himself asking, “To be or not to be? Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer…or to take arms against the sea of troubles…to die…”(3.1.57-61). As the scale tips towards taking his life, he begins to contemplate why people don’t commit suicide later on in his soliloquy. 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.
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