Even with the thought, Hamlet only makes a decision because he is afraid of the dreams that he does not know may come. In Hamlet, Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death, but wonders whether the struggle of living and carrying through with his plans is worth the hardships, or if death is a better option. Shakespeare writes a soliloquy where Hamlet discusses with himself whether he should live or die. Shakespeare discusses the idea of suicide through metaphors, rhetorical questions, and repetition until Hamlet decides that he is too afraid of death to commit suicide. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
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!
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.
As seen here, Hamlet’s contradicting thought that Claudius “goes to heaven” (3.3.79) influences him to change his plans for revenge. Hamlet eventually realizes that he must avenge his father’s death and states “from this time forth my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” (4.4.69). From this, Hamlet has succumbed to the social influence and has vowed to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet’s psychological influence demonstrates his dread of both death and life. In Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “To be or not to be” (3.1.64), he refers the “be” to life and further asks “whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” (184.108.40.206).
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
He does this to distract the focus of others from his true intention of finding out the truth. He hopes that in doing so, he can reveal the involvement, if any, of others, along with proving Claudius? guilt. He plans to accomplish this by devising a play that parallels the conspiracy against his father?s death. The play he develops portrays a reenactment of Claudius poisoning Hamlet?s father, and will expose the guilty and alleviate ... ... middle of paper ... ... Hamlet?s hesitation is once again justified, because killing Claudius while he is praying would not achieve the justice he desires.
Furthermore, Hamlet is also rather dubious of the claims the ghost makes. Despite his despondent behavior and uncertainty, at the end of his impassioned diatribe against himself Hamlet finally reaches a plan to test the validity of the ghost's assertions. He will stage a play with a plot that mimics the current situation; somehow a king will be murdered by a close relative and that close relative will take the queen as his wife. Hamlet will watch the reaction of Claudius and if Claudius shows a sign of grief, Hamlet's doubt will be relieved and he will murder Claudius. 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."
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.
Hamlet’s character is not only shown in this monologue, but in other parts of the play too. He learns from the contemplation over life and death that he would rather live and revenge his father 's death than die. Partly because the unknown after death scares him and the other part is because he wants revenge. The speech briefly explains Hamlet’s confusion and overthinking. For example, him continuously going back and forth with himself on whether to continue suffering through life, sleep, or die, and he questions whether to follow the ghost of his father, and whether to seek revenge or not.
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”.