Essay on Hamlet Research

736 Words Sep 29th, 2012 3 Pages
“To be or not to be” is one of the most famous lines in Hamlet, and used very frequently in the modern world. Although people use it out of direct context, they use it to compare two very big choices. The fact that it is used so frequently is evidence to prove that Hamlet was so expertly written that a lot of themes of the play are still applicable in today's society. Themes like the impossibility of certainty, the complexity of action, the mystery of death, and the nation as a diseased body are very prevalent in modern society – prevalent enough to be recognized by pop culture and many educated scholars.

One major theme in the play Hamlet is the impossibility of certainty. Hamlet will not make up his mind about killing Claudius
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He says “I'll wipe away all trivial, fond records, all saws of books and observation copied there, and thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain, unmixed with baser matter”(I.v.106-111). He tells his father's ghost that revenge will be the only thing on his mind, and it is for quite some time. His revenge becomes the center of everything, and he always thinks of ways to get back at Claudius. This theme is displayed in [MOVIE] when character becomes obsessed with revenge. This person did a study on planning out action. “[QUOTE FROM ARTICLE]” explain quote.

Another theme is the mystery of death. Hamlet is unsure what lies beyond death and is therefore afraid to take his own life. He talks much of suicide in his 'To be or not to be' soliloquy: “To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come”(III.i.72-4). Hamlet is scared of what would happen if he commits suicide so he decides not to do it. This theme is portrayed in [MOVIE] when character considers suicide but decides against it. This person did a study on suicidal thoughts. “[QUOTE FROM ARTICLE]” explain quote.

The last theme is the nation as a diseased body. When Claudius takes the throne, Denmark becomes ill, so to speak. Claudius's corruption hurts Denmark and is another reason that King Hamlet's ghost wants Claudius dead. The ghost tells Hamlet: “Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's

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