In perhaps the most quoted line in all of literature, "To be or not to be" (3.1, line 64), Hamlet contemplates suicide. Hamlet ponders whether he should simply end the sorrows of his life quickly, i.e. suicide, or continue his life and let fortune either alleviate these struggles or continue to add more sorrows. When we last saw Hamlet, he cursed himself for his lack of resolve and action. He watched an actor weep and moan across the stage in grief for Hecuba, the fallen queen of Troy, whom the actor had no connection to.
She believes he has now been ruined by madness, and she feels heartbroken seeing both sides of Hamlet, especially because they were supposed to be in love with each other. According to Mack, “He now sees everywhere, but especially in his own nature, the general taint, taking from life its meaning, from woman her integrity, from the will its strength, turning reason into madness” (Mack 11). Hamlet has been raging at Ophelia, damaging her integrity, and isn’t being rational, specifically because of his increasing instability and madness. In another scene, Hamlet stabs Polonius through a curtain. After murdering Polonius, Hamlet refuses to give away his location.
The need to be certain of a terrible after life in either hell or purgatory for Claudius is the result of an obsession with death causes Hamlet to delay in his revenge. Lastly, Hamlets inability to act when it is not just impulsive causes him to fail in his preferred delivery of revenge. Hamlets mind, which is his greatest asset, turns out to also be his greatest downfall as it leads to over thinking of everything and causes him to delay in his revenge. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Marilyn Eisenstat, and Ken Roy. Hamlet.
Hamlet's hesitancy to kill, his excessive consideration of religious morals, and his inability to foresee other characters' reactions lead a domino effect of tragic events to occurs and Hamlet's own self destruction. Throughout the play, Hamlet's hesitation becomes a major character flaw for him due to the many problems which arise that should have been solved much easier. Hamlet first expresses hesitation in believing the existence of his father's ghost. Both he and the guards can plainly see the ghost, and the ghost even speaks to the prince informing Hamlet that he was “murther most foul, as in the best it is;/ But this most foul, strange, and unnatural” by his own brother Claudius (1.5.763-4). However, Hamlet is reluctant to believe what he witnessed and wants to completely the ghost's information is correct before killing Claudius.
He is equally angered by the fact he was assigned the task to kill Claudius. At this point in the play, Hamlet does not possess the willpower and strength to carry out such a questionable and immoral act. Hamlet also feels the “pangs of despised love” (Shakespeare 3.1.77) because Ophelia has stopped responding to his letters and gifts. He feels as if the relationship is one-sided, and he has lost another important part of his life. This famous soliloquy offers a dark and deep contemplation of the nature of life and death.
During this soliloquy Hamlet is caught up in his plot for revenge and has foregone, for the moment, his plan of suicide. The contradictions in these two soliloquies sheds much needed light on Hamlet's personality. Hamlet is very outraged by the immoral actions of some of the other characters. He is deeply offended by his mothers hasty marriage to her brother-in-law and king. Hamlet begs his mother to stop being intimate with Claudius and to think more upon her late husband.
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.
Although this is deeply rooted in his character, his obsessive thoughts are a product of continuous grieving. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet learns from a ghost of his father’s brutal murder. Hamlet weeps and plans to take action but doesn’t deliver. Instead he plots his revenge and waits for the perfect moment to avenge King Hamlet. The ghost of Hamlet’s father influences Hamlet to seek revenge who would otherwise contemplate the subject to death, GHOST: Revenge his foul murder and most unnatural murder.
Hamlet here questions death and says that all men fear death. Hamlet ends here by saying conscience makes cowards of us all for when we think of the consequences of an action we do not take it. And finally the fourth soliloquy which begins “How all occasions to inform against me...” is an expression of Hamlet’s shame and amazement that others can act when he himself can’t. Hamlet here realizes that he can’t escape from his destiny and has a sense of feeling of what is about to happen to him. After paraphrasing all four soliloquies a decision has to be made as to what to include.
His speech is imbued ... ... middle of paper ... ...e to act upon revenge. In the beginning of the play according to ‘Hamlet a world in Transition’, Hamlet “questions the certainties of the world, where everything was fixed and unchanging, where death was an everyday occurrence, not worth commenting on, where there was an absolute certainty about an afterlife, a final judgment, ghosts and spirits”. For much of the play Hamlet appears to be overwhelmed with grief and self-pity, and consumed with hesitation towards the role of being a hero and killing his uncle. Because of this Hamlet continues to delay his revenge on his uncle who deserves to die. In whatever way, to whatever extent throughout thinking, actions and situations Hamlet recognizes the conflicts within himself.