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.
Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did in fact kill his father, so he sets up a play to re-enact the crime scene and to Hamlet’s content, Claudius disp... ... middle of paper ... ...death of him. Hamlet’s obsession and numerous contemplations about death sets himself in the undesired direction of suffering with the deaths of his father, Ophelia and Polonius, all whom he believed were undeserving. His will to continuously get himself into situations that inflict a great deal of emotional stress is astonishing, and his change in attitude about his indecisiveness about murder is not beneficial, rather it kills him in the end. Having a healthy fear of death is normal --one must realize death is unavoidable, while constant thought about death creates unhealthy anxiety.
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.
With rage and self preservation being the incentive for Hamlet to slaughter the King, it stands to reason that Hamlet broke his oath of revenge for his father’s death. Hamlet, in the end, lets his words get away from him when he promises himself to his father’s ghost, leading to the failure to keep his promises. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed.
In this soliloquy, Shakespeare uses metaphors, rhetorical questions, and repetition to express Hamlet’s indecision regarding what he should do. Shakespeare uses metaphors to express Hamlet’s view of life, death, and the afterlife. Hamlet first introduces the idea of suicide as a way to end the sufferings of life: “and by a sleep to say we end/ The heartache and the thousand natural shocks/ That flesh is heir to” (III. i. 69-71).
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.
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.
He wonders if he would be more noble if he took his own life and end his sorrows than if he continued to endure him. This question shows the pain and grief that Hamlet has experienced since the death of his father. According to Ophelia, later in Act 3 Scene 1, she reveals that Hamlet was once the obvious successor to the throne since he was charismatic and admired by the people. Clearly, in this part of the play, he is suicidal, and he is uncertain about many of the big decisions in his life. This extreme change in Hamlet’s behaviors makes the audience worry about Hamlet’s mental health.
In these lines Hamlet says that he would like to commit suicide, but cannot because of the way suicide is looked upon in god's eyes. More of Hamlet's depression can be seen in Act III scene I lines 56-61 when Hamlet says: "To be, or not to be: that is the question: 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? To die: to sleep; No more;" In this soliloquy Hamlet once again talks about suicide. He says he would like to get rid of his endless troubles by killing himself, because in death he can sleep and have no worries. Hamlet also shows that he is clever in this play.
Hamlet, the protagonist in the play, was told by his murdered father’s ghost to avenge his death, but because he was reluctant to follow the code, the play ends in tragedy. Closer analysis of Hamlet’s principle speeches offers a window to his evolving view of life and death. Hamlet repeatedly states his desire for suicide, but also questions the repercussions of taking one’s life. In the first soliloquy, the audience is introduced as to how Hamlet truthfully feels about his father’s death and Gertrude’s hasty remarriage to Claudius. He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew!