Holden also is preoccupied with children because he himself has not matured, and is in the insecure stage of finding oneself. Holden can relate to children because they have a positive outlook on life, because they don't know what to expect. They haven't been molded or influenced by any evils of the real world. They aren't guarded or fake. And with Holden calling every adult or peer a "phony" the audience sees both Holden's hate for the world he has to grow into and his love for the world and bond with children-with purity.
In the meantime, he tries to find the meaning of his existence. There's Holden's false front, a rude and without standard teen, but what's behind it are important. A decent, sympathetic and mature teen lies behind the mask. The only time he reveals these distinctions is when he comes to some poin... ... middle of paper ... ...true self, his reality. He also delighted by his younger brother, Allie.
He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew! Or that everlasting had not fix’d his canon ‘gainst self slaughter!” (Hamlet, I, ii, 129-131). Hamlet reveals his God fearing character, and his apprehension towards Heaven’s punishment for suicide. The rest of the soliloquy explains as to why he is depressed, and ends with him declaring that he must keep it all to himself, essentially to hide his true opinion regarding King Claudius and Gertrude’s marriage. The next scene where Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts are exposed is after he realized that he needs to avenge his father’s death, even though Hamlet is evidently not the type of person t... ... middle of paper ... ...s for the smallest misdoing.
The second soliloquy, which begins “O what a rogue and pleasant slave am I...”, Hamlet compares himself to a mythical character named Hecuba and wonders what the latter would do in his situation. He then accuses himself of being a coward who can’t even avenge his father’s dead. He also calls himself an idiot before devising a plan to remedy the situation. “To be or not to be...” (third soliloquy) is basically a debate on life and whether it is worth living. Hamlet here questions death and says that all men fear death.
When the revealing of his father’s death by his brothers hands occurs, the ancient curse of Cain and Abel is placed on Claudius, and it casts a shadow of anxiety and uneasiness upon Hamlet throughout the play. There are multiple religious connections to Hamlet throughout the play; images of the serpent, haunting of the dead, and Hamlet’s worry for his father and his place in purgatory. The play is harshly critical upon the religious reliance of the two “sinners” in the play that commit the act of suicide that is often vi... ... middle of paper ... ...o support Hamlet and her failure to live a life with a partner, and this knowledge allows her finally to be free of the restrictions that the corrupt society has created. Before Ophelia had died, she says, “And all of Christians’ souls. God be wi’ you.”(IV.v.193) We can either interpret this as Ophelia renouncing her dependence on religion and prayer.
Finally he realizes something about himself. His cowardly reluctance is due to ethical considerations. He is so frustrated with himself he puts all his Christian and moral beliefs aside to avenge his father's death and swears, "from this time forth, / My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!" (lines65-66 p.207). In the end it was to late.
The moment at which Hamlet was confronted with this opportunity, Claudius is in the act of praying and repenting for the sins he committed against his brother, the Old King Hamlet. This turns Hamlets decision into a religious, as well as a practical matter. While he watches Claudius pray, Hamlet pulls out his sword ready to kill him, but begins to question the act saying:
(3. 1. 1749-52) Hamlet is questioning if it worth living in such misery or not because he is encumbered with trying to avenge his father’s death every day. At this setting, Hamlet is self-destructive and risks alienation from his religion as he begins to think of suicide. If he were to kill Claudius, he would violate a central religious principle against murdering another human being.
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.
Hamlet is depicted as a young man who is seeking revenge for his fathers death. Oedipus is a king who means to free the people of Thebes from a disease that has been plaguing them. They share similarities in that each of their love interest are conduits of their pain and anguish, further pushing the protagonists over the precipice. The voice of reason that they share is Creon in Oedipus Rex and Horatio in Hamlet. Their tragic flaw is that they are both ultimately and utterly doomed and no amount of guidance will steer them away from what has been predestined by fate.