William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' And ' Hamlet ' Essay

1501 Words Nov 19th, 2015 7 Pages
So Much More Than The Question of Death

(Evaluating the Three Messages of the To Be or Not to Be Soliloquy)

Shakespeare is arguably the most influential writer in the English language. He is viewed as the author of a total of thirty-seven plays and one hundred and fifty four sonnets that are still taught and read in English classes today. Of his thirty seven plays they are categorized into three main groups, historical, comedy and tragedy. Some of the most study of his works are his tragedies, Macbeth and Hamlet. In Hamlet, just as many of his works, Shakespeare borrowed from many different sources the ideas that he brought together. This play is looked at in many different perspectives, an example of this is the quote, "Shakespeare 's inattention to plot has long kept his critics attentive," (Kumamoto, Chikako). Within this play, Shakespeare tells a tale of a King who is murdered by his brother who takes his place on the throne by marrying his wife. The deceased king 's son is told by his father 's ghost that he had not died as people had thought, but had actually been murdered by his own brother. He strives throughout the play to seek revenge for his father 's death while inspiring odd thoughts with the words and actions of his characters. Some of the most famous and influential lines of the play are the to be or not to be soliloquy, which delivers three messages and ties in to the previous acts of the play as well. The three messages that the to be or not to be…

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