Shakespeare's Hamlet-To Be Or Not To Be

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“To be or not to be” Hamlet is a story about the prince of Denmark and his quest to get revenge against his brother’s killer, Claudius. Throughout the play, Hamlet considers death. Hamlet’s thoughts of suicide and the impending afterlife are major themes in Hamlet William Shakespeare uses Hamlet’s famous soliloquy “To be or not to be,” to question the paradox of life and death. This soliloquy brings all the views of Hamlet together. It is very effective because many readers can relate to Hamlet’s line of thought. Throughout the play, Hamlet considers ending his life because he has lost his father. Unlike all of his other soliloquys, this one is governed by his emotion. There is a lot of reason and thought that goes into this one. However…show more content…
Hamlet say, “ To sleep-perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil.” (3, 65-67) Shakespeare continues comparing death to a dream. A dream can be good or bad. Hamlet isn’t sure if his time in the afterlife will be good or bad. If death were like a sleep without dreams, then Hamlet would definitely end his life. Shakespeare uses this line to show that although life may unbearable, the fear that the afterlife may be even worse or more of the same, keeps people from committing suicide. This soliloquy also plays into the theme of Hamlet’s indecision. Earlier in the soliloquy, Hamlet talks about how awful his life is. Usually a person stops doing what they are doing if it is awful as Hamlet makes it sound. However Hamlet cannot make a decision. Next Hamlet thinks about the toils of life again. He says, “ For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, the pangs of despised love, the law’s delay, the insolence of office.”(3. 70-74) Everything in Hamlet’s life is going wrong according to this. He cannot trust the government, love is a struggle for him, and over time life has taken a toll on him. Once again, many people can relate to these feeling by Hamlet. This soliloquy is so effective because it isn’t just about Hamlet. Every
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