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Morality plays a major role in the decisions we make in our daily lives Often times emotion alters our ability to make coherent choices In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet encounters difficulty in making decisions as he deals with his nemesis Claudius In Act III Hamlet proves to be a cautious and contemplative person through his delay in avenging his fathers death In Hamlets first soliloquy To be or not to be Hamlet appears to be governed by reason as he debates whether or not it is ones right to end his or her life Hamlet begins by weighing out the advantages and disadvantages of existence In his words 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 themIIIi57-60 Hamlet is struggling Living in Misery is a major issue for Hamlet as he copes with the death of his father From this passage we are led to believe that Hamlet favors suicide over life Suicide is an act believed to be punishable by damnation Similarly the mystery of life after death presents Hamlet with a fear of the unknown For these reasons Hamlet is hesitant and forced to re-analyze the situation Clearly Hamlet is engaging in a philosophical dilemma where he uses intellect and logic to seek for an alternative solution to his misery Hamlets ethical nature is revealed by his thoughts All in all Hamlet is struggling with the knowledge of good and evil Likewise in Hamlets second soliloquy Hamlets inability to kill Claudius demonstrates that Hamlet is not only a contemplative person but also a cautious individual that excessively analyzes situations At this point Hamlet has concluded to carry out an act of vengeance He has convinced himself that he is justified to kill Claudius the murderer of his father but certain obstacles stand in his way In one scene Hamlet finds
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