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

In Act 2 Scene 1, Hamlet says the To be, or not to be: that is the question (III.i.58) soliloquy. This soliloquy in a way sums up the events that have caused this living hell for Hamlet.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jacob Adler March 14, 2009 Hamlet Act 3 Reader/watcher response IBMYP English 10 In Act 2 Scene 1, Hamlet says the "To be, or not to be: that is the question" (III.i.58) soliloquy. This soliloquy in a way sums up the events that have caused this living hell for Hamlet. In this soliloquy Hamlet contemplates suicide. He says that since we do not know what comes after death, we are all afraid and that is why we don't kill ourselves, because life is basically unbearable. I completely understand why Hamlet is feeling this way, and to me it is perfectly acceptable in his situation to have these feelings. His uncle murdered his father, the one man he loved and looked up to; his uncle that murdered his father has now married his own mother, and he cant even be with the one last love he has in his life, Ophelia. ...read more.

Middle

However, the way that Hamlet treated Ophelia during the "play within the play" was totally and utterly unacceptable. No matter what Ophelia has done to Hamlet, she did not deserve to be teased with inappropriate sexual references. Nobody deserves to be treated like that, and Hamlet was completely childish and out of line. Hamlet, I was wrong to have supposed the things so as to have thought. At what time thou came to me last, all tattered up and looking round the bend, I became frightened. I went away to see my father and he bestowed me guidance. I performed out of fear, and I am rightly sorry for how harsh I was. My father was moreover troubled, he thinks thou had gone mad and strong-willed, to take affair to king Claudius. Communally they notion it would be healthier if I stopped meeting with thou before thou got even madder deep in loves aperture. ...read more.

Conclusion

He told me that guys do that when they're too deep in love. He told me you had gone crazy, and I got scared even more. The way I had acted toward you, was strictly out of fear. I didn't mean to come out so harshly. Since my dad was like already worried too, he went to Claudius to see if maybe he knew what to do. Both of them together decided that it was better for me to ignore your letters and kind of stay away from you before you got even crazier and even maybe dangerous. It was also not my idea to return the gifts and things you gave me. They thought I should do that too. I do really know that you're going through a lot right now, its just I was so lost in like fear that I couldn't really think about what I was doing. I know you probably don't want t hear this but I really am sorry and I hope you understand. ...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 Hamlet 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 Hamlet essays

  1. Hamlets dilemma - Why can't he act?

    On the surface, we can denote Hamlet's reasoning for being upset as being his mother's marriage (and sexual intercourse) with his uncle, very soon after his father's died. Hamlet appears to be upset that his mother has to get over the death of Claudius very quickly, as it shows lack of respect for his dead father.

  2. How does Shakespeare portray changes in Hamlets character in soliloquy one and four

    Hamlet can't express his feelings as Claudius is the new king and it could danger him if he was to speak out. I think Hamlet wants the relationship to end for two reasons; one being that it would be less disrespectful to his father' reputation and secondly so that he can talk out.

  1. Claudius soliloquy Hamlet

    use of the word "assay" meaning attempt again shows that he is in despair and fear. He is in such a state that even just an attempt would be enough. The fact that he seems so desperate to be forgiven create a slight pity in the audiences, especially when he wishes to "be soft as sinews of the newborn babe!"

  2. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Hamlet, his moods and motivations, through his soliloquies in Act ...

    most distracted when he thinks of himself and what he has failed to do. In the soliloquy Hamlet becomes clearly angry at his inability to act / carry out the murder. "...Am I a coward? Who calls me villain, breaks my pate across, Plucks off my bread and blows it

  1. How Does Shakespeare Convey a Sense of Anomie in Hamlet Act 1, and to ...

    Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely.

  2. An analysis of the soliloquy in Hamlet

    However, Shakespearean tragedy is different to classical revenge tragedy. Traditionally the motive and action are clear, the characters are straightforward and the play is more centred on the action there is not too much thought spent on the ideas of morality. Hamlet struggles with his conscience, he is an intellectual who reflects on ideas and examines what it is to be human.

  1. Hamlet - In what way is Act 5 Scene 2 a fitting climax to ...

    the English authorities to execute him, with another demanding the execution of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the bearers of the message-"Without debatement further more or less, he should those bearers put to sudden death, not shriving-time allow'd"-"So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to't".

  2. Hamlet Act 3 scene 4

    would fit in with my version and Shakespeare's. I would have this scene set in a Roman Catholic Church to support the fact that Claudius wishes to pray here and that he is Catholic. I would like the church to echo the voices to show that Claudius' heart must be empty for him to have committed this evil

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