Hamlet’s Struggle with Life and Death Essay

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Hamlet’s Struggle with Life and Death In Act III, scene I of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the thematic imagery, along with the symbolic use of syntax and diction that Shakespeare uses helps convey Hamlet’s state of mind as troubled and as having a painful view to life which, overall, is subtly expressed with weakness as he talked about death. Death is a major theme in Hamlet and through Shakespeare’s astonishing words in his “To be, or not to be,” soliloquy; it is obvious that Hamlet is conveyed as a troubled character. He is unsure about death. “To be, or not to be, that is the question:” (line 1), proves that Hamlet is troubled because the use of a colon is a sign that he is not only answering his own question, but he is …show more content…
“Thus conscience makes cowards of us all.” (Line 28.) Since Hamlet is talking about mankind he may also be referring to himself as cowardly about suicide, thus being conveyed as having a weak, but overall he has a troubled state of mind. “The pangs of despis’d love… Than fly to other that we know not of?” (Lines 17-27.) This is a big portion of the soliloquy, but it gives much insight into Hamlet’s state of mind. Shakespeare lists the people and harsh emotions that are dealt with during a person’s life, such as “The pangs of despis’d love, the law’s delay, / The insolence of office, and the spurns/ That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes” (lines 17-19) This list can also apply to Hamlet to show that he was too emotionally feeble to deal with these different parts of life, and they can factor in with his thoughts of death and suicide. “But that the dread of something after death, / The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn/ No traveller returns, puzzles the will, / And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than to fly to others that we know not of?” (Lines 23-27) Hamlet emphasizes that when there is death there is no going back to life to explore the unforeseen things that are offered and that we are stuck with the evils that we know of, rather than staying alive to discover new ones. The

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