Transcript of To Be Or Not To Be
Context Hamlet gives his soliloquy in Act 3 Scene 1, as he is contemplating death and feeling very passionate about his feelings towards living and God. Before Hamlet enters the scene, Claudius and Polonius plan to set up Hamlet in hopes of finding the true meaning behind Hamlets behavior. Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude, and Claudius wonder if the reason Hamlet is acting insane is due to his love for Ophelia. The Queen leaves, while The King and Polonius decide to hide and wait for Hamlet to stumble upon Ophelia while she waits pretending to read her book. Hamlet's Emotions As Hamlet gives his soliloquy, he is feeling confused and unsure of himself. His thoughts waiver between two extremes due to his strange personality. Hamlet is also very passionate while discussing his views of life and death, and he feels trapped by his thoughts pertaining to the recent events that have filled his life thus far. These thoughts fuel his confusion and manipulate his life choices. Summary of Soliloquy The question that Hamlet is addressing is whether it is better to be alive or dead. Is living worth dealing with all of the wicked things that happen during life, when death is simply a eternal sleep? The option of death seams simple to Hamlet, yet it still troubles him. He worries about the dreams that might come and that he would have to experience and continue to live through them as if he had not died. " In that sleep of death what dreams may come " (3.1.67) Summary of Soliloquy Hamlet contemplates suicide but wonders what obstacles one might encounter in the afterlife. He decides that fear causes people to think things over and do nothing. When Hamlet addresses "people", he is talking about himself. He is aware of how he does nothing to handle the internal conflict that is taking over his life. Hamlet believes that his father's death should be avenged, but is too afraid to take action because the risk of going to hell by committing suicide. His fear of doing the wrong leads him to be inactive and ignoring what he feels should be done. His grief of his father's death makes him feel angry and frustrated because he does not know the right thing to do in the eyes of God. Theme The statement "To be or not to be" is more than a question of life and death, but is rather an internal conflict of right and wrong. He strives to be a man of God, yet he is burdened by the grief he feels after his father's murder. Hamlet is caught between the act of revenge and the fear of committing a sin worthy of hell. He wants to avenge his father's murder by killing Claudius, but he is torn by the decision to do so because of the extreme consequences from God. Hamlet's grief do to the murder of his father inhibits his rational thoughts and causes him to go insane. mood The atmosphere as hamlet contemplates whether to commit suicide, or deal with life's obstacles is dark and morbid. The discussion of death and fear manipulate the overall feel of the scene towards eerie and radiate negative connotations. Character Hamlet's character is displayed as a confused and helpless man, at war within himself, yet at the same time with his Father-Uncle Claudius. His inability to decide whether or not to take action in the name of revenge shows that he is weak and deeply wounded. The murder of his father has completely disrupted his daily life and controls his every thought. The fact that is so affected by what Claudius did reveals that Hamlet is a fragile character who is easily broken. TO BE OR NOT TO BE HAMLET SOLILOQUY ACT THREE SCENE ONE LINES 56 - 89 "For who would bear the whips and scorns of time" (72). Full transcript
"The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them" (59).
There is imagery throughout the soliloquy as Hamlet describes the picture of the humiliations of life that you go through as an alternative to death. He also describes in detail whether it's more noble to deal with the awful things in life than to fight the "sea of troubles". THAT IS THE QUESTION CALLIE LAMBERT PATRICK JOSEPH BY Full Soliloquy