Hamlet - he could settle everything himself with a mere...

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To Be or Not To Be In this soliloquy, Hamlet is reflecting on the advantages and disadvantages on life and death. He is wondering what will happen after his life is over, and if he has the right to take his own life. Hamlet is suggesting that life after death will be better than living, and it will be an eternal dream. He wants to end the heartache and pain caused by the world, but at the same time is terrified of what could happen to him. Hamlet, along with everyone in the world, is unsure of what comes after we die, especially if caused by suicide. Hamlet says, “Who would bear the torments of the world we live in – the tyrants injustice, the arrogant man’s rudeness, the pangs of unrequited love, the slow process of law, the insolence of persons in authority, and the insults that the humble suffer – when
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Unformatted text preview: he could settle everything himself with a mere dagger?” He is basically trying to convey the point of: why should someone go through their life with such obstacles and suffering and seeing no hope, when they could just end it all with a dagger to their heart and be with God forever? By Hamlet saying that, he wants to believe he would do that, but I think his love for Ophelia is actually very strong and he is scared of the afterlife. Hamlet refers to death as “the unexplored country from whose territory no traveler returns.” This exemplifies the fear and question he has regarding the afterlife. I believe Hamlet is trying to show us how he feels about the world being a miserable place full of despair, and being unsure and hesitant of the thought of killing himself....
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