Hamlet : William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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Joseph Varnell
Dr. Kerri Allen
English 1102-09
29 April 2015
To be or not to be: That is the question
In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet the main character Hamlet uses several soliloquies throughout throughout the play. But there is one soliloquy; “To be, or not to be” that can arguably the most well-known soliloquy in theatre history. Even to this very day, four hundred years after the play was written, several people are vaguely aware with the soliloquy, even though they may have never heard of the play. Most people misinterpret those well-known words of Hamlet’s, not knowing the background behind the words. Hamlet anticipates whether he should take it upon himself to act appropriately to his new step-father’s/uncle’s crime against his own father or not. However, later on, Hamlet understands Fortinbras’ resolve and his pursuit for success. After observing Fortinbras and his actions, Hamlet comes to realize that he must avenge his father’s murder and bring inner peace with himself.
In his most famous soliloquy, Hamlet considers whether he should take action and seek revenge for his father’s death or live with the agony of his father’s massacre. Hamlet shows signs of weakness when he passes up the chance to kill Claudius by explaining that he has made peace with God, as a result, sending him to Heaven if he were to be killed. He also considers whether it is better to stay alive or take his own life. “To die, to sleep--/ No more; and by a sleep to say we end/ The…
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