Shakespeare implies that it is the easy way out of life, and that so called perpetual sleep might be a nightmare that is worse than life itself. Contemplating about death while still alive can cause unwanted grief and distress, which resulted in Hamlet reflecting on life and death. It was through the soliloquies that his views of life and death gradually evolved, and eventually enabled him to do the honourable act of redeeming his father’s murder.
Hamlets reflect has been switched to the views and feelings toward the opposite mentality of the spectrum. Midway between Shakespeare’s writing, Hamlet’s imagination shimmers down as the reality of it all sinks in. Not only was revenge for the passing of his father but also the unidentified outcome of death was on the horizon. Hamlet was drawing near to constructing a choice, a choice that intimated some moral qualities. For an example given in the text, “ When he himself might his quietus make, with a bare bodkin?” The word “quietus” was used to finalize his battle between two legitimate cases throughout his act scene.
Hamlet at the end of this soliloquy says in a defiant tone, "The play's the thing / Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." (Act 2. Sc 2. lines 633-634) Hamle... ... middle of paper ... ... yet death is a permanent sleep. Hamlet reflects that humans suffer in this life because they do not know what the next life holds. Essentially, Hamlet comes to the realization that the fear of death makes men cowards.
As he spoke those lines, he believes suicide is a way to get out of his pain. In the opening line of Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be or not to be” Hamlet is contemplating suicide. He is talking to himself about if it is better to go through these trouble times alone or to take his life in his own hands and end the suffering in his life by killing himself. Today, most people think suicide is getting out the easy way, but it seems like Hamlet wants to fight this thought. “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”.
Hamlet’s decision to avenge his father is affected by social, psychological and religious influences. Once Hamlet has learned of his father’s death, he is faced with a difficult question: should he succumb to the social influence of avenging his father’s death? The Ghost tells Hamlet to “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (1.5.31) upon which Hamlet swears to “remember” (1.5.118). Hamlet’s immediate response to this command of avenging his father’s death is reluctance. Hamlet displays his reluctance by deciding to test the validity of what the Ghost has told him by setting up a “play something like the murder of (his) father’s” (2.2.624) for Claudius.
He contemplates his virtue in life, something many people struggle with to understand. One problem that Hamlet really struggles with is the thought of death. He is not sure whether he should end his misery by committing suicide, or pursuing revenge for his father’s death. After much careful consideration, Hamlet decides to take revenge for his father’s death as a way to cope with his tragedy. He plans out ways to kill Claudius with hesitation, but knows it must be done to honor is father.
Hamlet’s debate of life versus death makes him question the advantages and disadvantages of existence and whether or not it is right to end his life or that of another. “To be or not to be” or more simply stated is it better to live or die. During this famous soliloquy, Hamlet wonders whether he should take action against his "sea of troubles" and seek revenge for his father's death or live with the pain of his father's murder. He also wonders that if he were to commit suicide, what could he expect in the afterlife. He questions whether or not suicide is morally right in an otherwise painful world.
The topic of his soliloquy is his consideration of committing suicide. Throughout the speech, Hamlet is over thinking between two extremes: life and death. In the monologue, he contemplates whether he should live and endure the pain or end his life. He also considers seeking revenge for his father’s death. If Hamlet choose to kill himself, he would no longer have to be responsible for avenging his father’s
Hamlet centers the soliloquy around his decision on how to seek revenge for his father 's death and how to deal with life and death. The play also shows how Hamlet thinks over things too much. He rationalizes his life and all its events and accepts nothing without careful analysis. Hamlet can think all he wants, but nothing will ever get done, unless he does something about it. Hamlet has a dilemma of should he live or should he just die.
To die…ay, there’s the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come” Hamlet is essentially contemplating the morality of suicide, but is worried that h... ... middle of paper ... ...s hinder him for most of the play. Fortinbra like Hamlet is intent on avenging his father, but he is able to integrate all of his archetypes as part of his psyche, and does not lose his voice of reason in the pursuit of violence. Works Cited Maslow, A. H. A Theory of Human Motivation. 1943. http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm>. Steel, Piers Ph.D.