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To be or Not to be To be or not to be that is the question Hamlet is eager to escape a life of calamity and disaster He sees his life as a terrible burden something he yearns to escape The problem however is that death brings one into territory uncharted by t se still alive It is not death that he fears for he perceives death as a release the problem is death through suicide Hamlet makes a philosophical approach to the question of whether or not it is nobler to endure lifes hardships or overcome pain an agony Despite the fact that life can be treacherous Hamlet foregoes suicide because the afterlife may be worse if a person takes his own life Hamlet also talks about life long suicide doing nothing and allowing life to pass by Hamlet feels as if he has resorted to this passive mode He suffers guilt from standing by and allowing Claudius to live Hamlet feels as if he is too gutless to t e the kings life until he has gathered all of the facts and the right opportunity arises Hamlet is being extremely hard on himself It is only human nature to feel nerveless when one is unable to take action He must realize that he is not being c ardly but smart to wait and take decisive action Evidence shows that Hamlet feels life is a burden yet Hamlet still remains tranquil as he soliloquizes The perfect iambic pentameter of Shakespeare gives this passage a sense of fluidity in contrast with the whirlpool of emotions in other soliloquies Words such as suffer troubles dies sleep heartache calamity and weary depict depression as Hamlet is a very low-spirited and depressed man There are also images that are tools of destruction slings arrows arms and whips Shakespeares c eful use of words and structure displays Hamlets ideas successfully If one chooses to take the
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