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Through out William Shakespeares plays he uses soliloquies to let the audience in on the private thoughts of various characters Although Shakespearean language is difficult to understand he makes his intentions clearer through these various soliloquies which he employs One of Shakespeares most famous soliloquies known as to be or not to be is in the play Hamlet Hamlets soliloquy is interrupted when he hears Ophelia praying and notices she is coming toward him During this soliloquy Hamlet seems to be considering suicide He is wondering whether it is more courageous to continue living in pain and suffering or if killing himself would be a more noble thing to do Also Hamlet is having a debate within himself as to the advantages and disadvantages of being alive at all He is wondering about his very existence The Catholic Church was a dominant figure during Hamlets time and believed suicide was a mortal sin Hamlet along with his family were very firm believers in the church a force which I believe greatly impacted Hamlets final decision he didnt know what would happen to him if he was to commit such a sin as to whether or not he should continue his life When Hamlet states for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil Hamlet fears what may happen to him to his soul after death if he was to take his own life Hamlet relates the reason for not killing him self to the very reasons that people dont take action in general- fear of the unknown If you were to take action there is a chance you might fail make things worse etc Instead of taking action and making change people prefer to deal with the situation at hand because they feel safe and this is what they are accustomed to In the second soliloquy in act three Hamlets mood has greatly changed He is
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