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Critical Views In Hamlet Essay

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Though Hamlet’s soliloquy to be or not to be is unanimously the most universally renowned words quoted from Shakespeare, the play Hamlet itself revolves around Hamlet’s procrastination to act or not to act. His procrastination and idleness when observed from a religious stance, helps to highlight the element of Hamlet’s delay and the element of the internal struggle between the morally just and the wicked evil within all of us. Whereas analysing Hamlet from a philosophical and existential view, highlights the element of mortality and existence. These elements that are highlighted are the quintessence of the ability for Hamlet to maintain textual value.
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In effect Hamlets delay for action is a product of the enduring battle within himself between his subconscious moral and religious persona that his preventing him from killing his uncle with the capable, murdering and scheming persona that urges him to quit his cowardly behaviour. The revelation of these elements has in effect inspired my own interpretations of the character of Hamlet. Hamlet as we see throughout the play stands for the renaissance movement, both honest and intellectual. However religiously, Hamlet fails to remain true. His misguided thoughts and views that by murdering to resolve murder only shows the hypocrisy and amoral characteristic rather than the innocent moral Hamlet that was once present.
As influencing as religion and Catholicism is, existential and philosophical critical views can also be used when analysing Hamlet’s soliloquies. The elements of mans mortality is emphasised in his soliloquy in act 3 scene 1, where to be or not to be can be inferred as meaning to live or not to live. His suicidal thoughts most certainly originate from the trauma of losing his father and the remarriage of his mother to who he discovers to be, his father’s murderer. Hamlet then questions himself ‘whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles’. From an existential view, Hamlet questions the meaning of life as he considers the implications of carrying on with life the way it is without any joy left but his mere existence as the meaning of life, to to make a stand against adversity and attempt to improve his life rather than conform to the unfortunate events that are present and yet to come. In considering suicide Hamlet starts to think in a philosophical way, explaining that the only reason why he sees man motivated to live life in times of adversity, is due to the fear of death, the afterlife or the...

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