How Does Shakespeare Use Metaphors In Hamlet's Soliloquy

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"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 them.”(III.i.57-60) This sentence is one of the most famous lines ever written by Shakespeare, or perhaps any other playwright. People everywhere recite it, but most don't know even know what it really means or what it is about. This soliloquy is from one of Shakespeare famous tragedy plays: Hamlet. The young prince, Hamlet, is grieving over the death of his father, but even more so he is grieving over the betrayal to him and is father by his uncle and mother. He is also stressing over the revenge and actions the ghost of the King Hamlet is expecting from him. So as a result, Hamlet is contemplating the choice between living in constant personal turmoil or committing suicide.…show more content…
The soliloquy begins with "The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" and is a great example of one of these metaphors. This one line carries a lot of information within it. It accurately depicts Hamlet’s feelings of distress, as well as help him contemplate whether it is better to suffer from this constant battle with bad fortune or to just end it all and oppose all these "slings and arrows" which are the cause for struggle. This line goes along well with the rest of the theme of the play too. "The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” is a rather violent way to represent to the troubles in life, but its very fitting for such a play as

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