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In William Shakespeares Hamlet we see a young man paralyzed with grief over his father So much so that he is believed to have gone mad Hamlet is such a complex character that one must look deeply to find what drives him Did he really have the courage to kill the king or was it madness Hamlets character will be illuminated by explaining both soliloquies and finally Hamlet himself To be or not to be that is the question Beaty 1348 is one of the most famous and well known excerpts from the play Hamlet What most people do not realize is the significance it has in the portrayal of the character Hamlet During this soliloquy Hamlet is debating his fate Hamlet is asking himself whether it is more noble in the mind to passively accept and suffer through all the pains of life fate throws at him or to actively destroy in death these numerous troubles and ultimately end his pain Hamlet is questioning whether it is better to live in a world where he cannot see any goodness or take his own life Hamlet has a very intense philosophical personality For this reason he cannot take his life because he does not know what happens after one dies He is not positive of an afterlife therefore he doesnt have the courage to end his life Now might I do it prat Beaty 1363 is a soliloquy in which we see a shift in Hamlets rationalization Hamlet as his fathers only son is seeking revenge for his fathers death but is afraid that a quick death for Claudius would not be enough Hamlet feels that waiting until Claudius is in an immoral situation would make him suffer in death because he would not be allowed to repent for his sins During this soliloquy Hamlet is caught up in his plot for revenge and has foregone for the moment his plan of suicide
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