Sunday, December 11, 2011
To BE or NOT to be....or I want to die, but I can't cause I don't know what will happen when I die and because I seriously genuinely don't want to die, and I'm just saying this because it's a teenage thing....a phase...yeah, that's pretty much it i think... it'll pass...i hope....
As explored in the unique differences between Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Shakespeare, once again, employs the idea of the human condition into his plays, specifically Hamlet. Hamlet is torn by revenge for his father’s death, a death caused by his evil uncle Claudius. The dominant “villainous” figure in Hamlet is omnipresent in the course of Hamlet’s revenge. Hamlet is portrayed as the protagonist who eclipses the whole of the righteous side. Ophelia is portrayed as the innocence tarnished by the perils of the evils of Claudius. Hamlet is a troubled teenage boy, one hovering upon the death of his father, the speedy marriage of his mother and his uncle, and also his love for a girl named Ophelia. The appearance of his ghost-father taints Hamlet’s purely natural depression. This factor fostered Hamlet’s ideals of revenge. However, murder is easily said than done. Hamlet’s main reason behind his depression is his capricious stances on his act of murder.
The verb to be is the root of all other verbs. It pertains to existence of some sort. Shakespeare brilliantly uses this word above “dying” or “living” as to broaden the interpretations of the word. By doing so, Shakespeare retains the simplicity of the two extremities of the decision for the audience to explicate Hamlet’s future actions.
The main usage of this word shows the complexity of Hamlet’s role in the murder. Hamlet is stuck between dying, not existing, or carrying out the murder, and suffering the ordeals of staying alive; he contemplates suicide. Hamlet basically questions whether it is worth it to live or to die, in his soliloquy. His dilemma is between the instances of death and life. If he lives, he will have to endure the painstaking facts of life: time, oppression, etc. If he dies, he is faced with the issue of uncertainty in death, but still, he maintains the tranquility and happiness in death. Overall, Hamlet feels that the option of death is ideal.
He seriously considers death after mentioning the actions can become undefined as people begin pondering on the actions and the course it will take. He states that these actions will make less and less sense, and as time progresses, the action will become so clear that it will eventually stop becoming actions altogether. He claims that every single person considers death, that the only reason behind the hesitation is the ambiguity of their lives after death.