Mind and Honor

Topics: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Mind Pages: 1 (345 words) Published: January 3, 2013
Restoring honor and certainty isn’t always an easy thing to do. Often times, people struggle trying to re-establish their honor, especially if they have something to prove to someone they love, but have troubles in revealing the truth. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Shakespeare demonstrates that aspect perfectly. He places three main character in which they all, in their own way have to restore their honored certainty. To be successful, they’ll need to have strong intellect and have their plan well laid out which isn’t always easy to do.

Shakespeare, in many ways, makes Hamlet one of the characters that struggle to restore his honor and certainty. Hamlet is trying to restore his honor by avenging his father’s death and attempting to end the relationship between Claudius and Hamlet as well as trying restore the state of Denmark. One of the many themes in Hamlet, action vs. inaction demonstrates how difficult it may be to restore honor. In the soliloquy “To be or not to be”, Shakespeare starts to develop this theme, this soliloquy relates to Hamlet’s struggle to take action against his uncle. The soliloquy that Hamlet speaks; “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, top sleep, no more; and by a sleep to say we end, the heart-ache and the thousand natural shock…” shows that Hamlet is having troubles with deciding what he should do either kill Claudius or himself to end that pain that he’s been through. He’s starting to over-think every situation which shows that in the end Hamlet won’t be able to act upon his decisions unless he stops thinking about everything that can happen and just act upon one situation. Hamlet, being a nostalgic person, starts to procrastinate upon deciding what he should do and how to do it leading Hamlet to become insane.

Laertes, another main character in Hamlet, is also put in a similar situation that...
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