William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, has deep meaning and sorrow to its story. It has one of the most famous soliloquies ever to be written in theater art, “To be, or not to be.” At first, reading Shakespeare’s writing seems difficult to understand and be interested in, but as the reader reads on and digs into the roots of the play, it truly grabs the reader’s attention and makes him/her want to know more of the thoughts behind Hamlet. Thus, the story of Hamlet begins and his personality shows throughout the play and most importantly, his soliloquy. Hamlet is characterized as being very unsure of himself, which leads to much confusion. He contemplates his virtue in life, something many people struggle with to understand. One problem that…show more content…
He feels the longer he delays the plan to kill Claudius, the bigger the coward he will be, and the harder he will be on himself for not doing so. Hamlet has a lot of resentment towards Claudius because he has taken his father’s place and married his mother. He feels as though Claudius betrayed him and his father, so he seeks revenge. He does not believe that Claudius deserves the right to the throne, or even the right to live. While he is speaking to Horatio, he makes a comment about Claudius. “He that hath killed my king, and whored my mother, Popped in between the election and my hopes.” (5, 2, 63-65). This is Hamlet’s way of clarifying that he needs to kill Claudius. Although he is saying it to Horatio, he is really telling himself this so he feels he has good reasoning to kill Claudius. He also feels he needs to pay respect to his father by getting rid of Claudius. Also, by killing Claudius, Hamlet thinks he can prove himself to be brave in front of Ophelia, his potential wife. He wants to show her that even though murdering Claudius is a sin, he can protect her and stand up for what is true and honorable, so he wants to her to remember what he does to Claudius. He calls out to her during his soliloquy; “The fair Ophelia. – Nymph, in thy orisons; be all my sins remembered.” (3, 1, 90-91). Hamlet would rather have Ophelia remember his sins that to deal with his circumstance. He ends his relationship with her so she will not get in his way of killing

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