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In the play 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare, Hamlet seems to be on auto-pilot with the self-destruct button on amber right from the beginning of the play and this shows in most of his soliloquies - it is almost as if he is looking for an excuse to end his life, yet he knows he can't do this without damning himslef for eternity due to his religion. Also, he has difficulty carrying it out.An interesting thesis would be one which concerns his view of himsel - his self-esteem. In the first we hear that wondering whether “To be or not to be” is going to preoccupy him, he even seems to think that most other people would rather be dead than alive - they are just scared because of what will then happen to them in the after life. He wishes his own 'too sullied flesh would melt.” Depressingly, in another speech he also seems to love it when his worst pessimistic fears are proved right ' O my prophetic soul' and give him even more reason to either kill himself or someone else, but still he gets even angrier with himself when he can't do it. Next he seems to proclaim that being alive is a big burden a 'mortal coil.' Towards the end of the play his soliloquoys show that he is starting to blame himself more than others for his issues, but this is counter-productive as it produces more self-loathing and makes him feel trapped in his dilemma - he can't act without ruining his chances, his reputation and his integrity, 'the dread of something after death.'
Posted by coachingcorner on November 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM (Answer #1)
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