Hamlet First Soliloquy Essay

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People often change, for better or for worse, due to the events that occur during their life. These events can traumatize someone, or even drive them to insanity. Hamlet changes drastically from the time of his first soliloquy to his second, becoming a man of action rather than a man of contemplation.

During Hamlet’s first soliloquy he wonders what the point of living is in such a cruel world. “To be, or not to be? That is the question— Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer.” Hamlet is unsure of whether the life he is living, or if any life at all, is even worth living. He contemplates whether it is better to die and move on to the afterlife, whatever that may hold for him, or live on and suffer through his everyday life. “To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil.” He ponders as to why any person would want to bear the burden of existing in the mortal world rather than dying. On the other hand he understands
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“How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge!” The events occurring around him are pushing him to act upon his vengefulness. Many chances arose for Hamlet to carry out his revenge, yet he continued to remain idle and think. “I do not know why yet I live to say “This thing’s to do,” sith I have cause and will and strength and means to do ’t.” Hamlet is angry with himself for acting in such a cowardly manner rather than acting as soon as he had the chance to do so. This is a major turning point in the play where Hamlet finds the resolution he has been looking for. “Oh, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” Hamlet decides to keep revenge in his mind as an end goal instead of wondering how it will affect him later in life and in the
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