• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discussing The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.

Extracts from this document...


Jessy McMahon CU Senior English 2 21 Oct. 2008 Hamlet Dialect Essay It is understood that in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare; Hamlet, in his famous soliloquy in scene one of act three ("To be or not to be..."), is considering suicide. Hamlet in actuality is only questioning the thoughts of death and in turn has no real intent on actually committing suicide, this can be inferred by the observations made in the soliloquy. Many of the statements that Hamlet say through the text, draws people to the conclusion that Hamlet is suicidal. The reason why Hamlet is not contemplating suicide, is that he makes the overall decision that it is not gods will and he would not go to heaven and that death is not a proper way out of the hardships in life. ...read more.


This act of questioning just further explains that Hamlet is thinking of death as just an easy way out of this mess. Although these are two possible explanations to some of Hamlets madness, they're just scratches on the surface to the real Hamlet. On the other hand, a fact that takes us away from the fact that Hamlet might have committed suicide, is when Hamlet begins to talk about the unknown and death. Hamlet seems to be a bit apprehensive about death and what will happen after he dies. A direct example of this is when Hamlet states, "But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn, No traveler returns, puzzles the will" (3.1.78-80). Hamlets "puzzled will" (3.1.80) in return makes Hamlet to afraid to take his own life, because he is too worried about the life after death. ...read more.


and from that we are detoured from the fact that Hamlet wants to commit suicide. Even though "To be or not to be" may be considered a matter of life or death to most, we must look at it as just a figure of speech and that Hamlet is not really contemplating suicide, death in this situation is just simply described as an option. From the first line in this legendary soliloquy it can be predicted that a suicidal thought is happening, but in reality Hamlet is just trying to find any type of direction in his confused, unsure yet brilliant mind of his. Hamlet is able to move on and gain knowledge from all the contemplation of life and death in the end, and comes to the final conclusion that he would much rather live and avenge his fathers' death, than die. Not only because life after death terrifies him, but because the revenge is too great for Hamlet to pass up, which in the end is Hamlets weakness. ?? ?? ?? ?? McMahon 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Shakespeare Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Shakespeare Plays essays

  1. Discuss the role of the Mechanicals and the significance of their play in this ...

    There are three main reasons why Nick Bottom has such a significant role to the play. Firstly he adds comedy and excitement to the play, secondly he is the vehicle Oberon (the king of the fairies) uses to get back at his wife Titania (the queen of the fairies); as lastly performing for the lovers in the mechanicals play.

  2. William Shakespeare and his life.

    Antoinette followed her husband to the guillotine on October 16, 1793. She was executed without proof of the crimes for which she was accused. Question four: Growing up as Marie Antoinette Marie was very privileged. Being a princess entitled her to more than what the typical nobility would have received.

  1. Critical Approaches to Shakespeare: Some Initial Observations.

    Sometimes these ideas are very explicitly present, almost in allegorical form (for example, the witches in Macbeth or Queen Margaret in Richard III), at other times they are more deeply buried in the actions and decisions of particular characters. Moreover, the texts present these elements in an amazingly rich poetic style, full of evocative metaphors.

  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    All in all I feel that the mixture of realism and fantasy in both plays is well balanced, but that the Open-Air production is perhaps more effective. The second set of characters is the mechanicals. They provide the main comic element of the play, and so the way they are portrayed is very important.

  1. "The Life of the Great William Shakespeare"

    marriage of "William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway of Stratford" (Encyclopedia Americana 104). In only a few short years, the newlyweds gave birth to Susanna, who was baptized on May 26, 1583, then twins Hamnet and Judith, who were baptized on February 2, 1585.

  2. Shakespeare as a Real Man in Shakespeare in Love

    We see not a man in a reverie of creativity, but a real playwright, jostling with his actors, a real man, passionately bedding his beloved Viola. Another fascinating thing about Shakespeare in Love is its ability to reconstruct the past and to make it reflection of the present.

  1. EN2372 Shakespeare:

    sense of reality, perhaps we see a clever technique, added into the plot, which brings the story into the modern day and issues are addressed, which are comprehendible to a young audience. The addressing of drug abuse offers a distinct warning to its viewers, and it is perhaps encouraging to

  2. Compare and contrast act 1,scene1 of Shakespeares play 'Macbeth' with the cinematic interpretation by ...

    As the witches perform their spell, they give an impression that they have done this before, as each knows what to do without fault or hesitation .They then spit on the sand three times each (as the number three was and still is connected with evil).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work