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Existentialism in Hamlet

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Rachel Oakden

on 19 March 2013

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Transcript of Existentialism in Hamlet

Existentialism in Hamlet The Theory of Existentialism The absurd Literature Existentialism in Hamlet Hamlet's soliloquy Sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless and absurd world Life is meaningless and unfair To be or not to be? Existential literature commonly deals with theme of alienation because existentialists believe that each human being is alone. Characters are forced to ask existential questions by being forced into meaningless situations. Questions death, human existence, and the place of god in human existence :p "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 end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks.." Philosophy concerned with finding self and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility. Hamlet is torn between two choices: Life and Death States that the efforts of a man to find meaning in life will ultimately fail. Hamlet is confused about whether or not it's worth staying alive despite all of his hardships. The Main reason he stayed alive is because of his fear of death, and his eagerness to get the revenge he wanted You exist before you have a purpose "We are condemned to be free." We always have freedom and choice, except for the choice to have a choice Hamlet himself faces several existential obstacles: despair (when he learns of Ophelia's death), absurdity (had no purpose before father's murder), and alienation (crazy man)
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