Hamlet’s 4th soliloquy analyze
“To be or not to be” can arguably be Shakespeare’s most recognizable quote in all of his work. Hamlet attempts to reason with himself on whether or not death is the only solution to end all life suffering portrays him as both confused and cowardly. In this monologue, Hamlet goes into a tough debate over whether he should end his own suffering by commit suicide, or to step it up and revenge for his father. This solilguy also shows the reader on how Hamlet deals with stress and the lost of love one. In conclusion, he decided to live and fulfill his promise. Indication from this monologue exposed Hamlet’s flaws for lacking of action, being hesitant, and unable to settle his mind. This help lay the foundation of Hamlet’s characteristic and his reasons behind his actions in the later part of the play.
Like many Shakespeare’s writing, it is up to the reader to decide on the characteristic of Hamlet. Many may view “to be or not to be” as Hamlet’s suicide attempt, however, it really portrays Hamlet as a stressed out young man that can not deal with his surrounding. Hamlet position himself between the two extremes with life and death by questioning himself on “"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". He asked himself if it is “nobler” to commit suicide, but quickly goes against his early statement by saying actions requires “arms against a sea of troubles”. This shows that Hamlet is puzzled with himself on whether he should end his “sea of troubles” by means of death, or to suffer through the pain of living. As Hamlet thinks towards death and ending all life stress, he quoted: “To die-to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to :’to consummation devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep; To sleep, perchance to dream”. Hamlet wishes if he was dead,...
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