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The Life and Death of Prince Hamlet Plagued by the philosophical aspects of life and death Prince Hamlet repeatedly failed to act upon avenging his fathers wrongful murder Though he knew what he must do Hamlets inaction is caused by his constantly changing persona and theories on the inevitability of death and the afterlife Hamlets attitude towards death changes from fearing death and the afterlife to accepting it as inevitable manipulating his actions and causing him to make distinct decisions such as not killing Claudius his fathers slayer while he is at prayer but rather to wait to take action against Claudius when he is in a state of sin in order to assure his damnation Initially deeply depressed Hamlet often contemplates suicide and the opportunity to escape the whips and scorns of time His inability to follow through with these contemplations however is demonstrated by his philosophical method of thinking and questioning the morality of all his actions 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 them To die to sleep - No more - and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to III i 65-71 Seeing an opportunity to escape his own depression Hamlet questions the nobility of an action such as suicide Hamlet however realizes that for in that sleep of death what dreams may come The dreams of the sleep of death represent the possibility of a worse situation The Prince ultimately proclaims that no one would - bear To grunt and sweat under a weary life if not prevented by their own fear of what lies after death But that the dread of something after death The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have
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