Prince Hamlet’s destiny It is simple to end one’s life, and thereby end the grief: no more struggles with

our enemies, nor misfortunes encountered in life. Yet we should not give up so easily. This essay is about a son’s destiny to avenge his father’s death. The quotation “To be or not to be that is the question” is mainly related to his own situation, whether he should continue to live or not. Furthermore Prince Hamlet debates the disadvantages and advantages of his own existence. Hamlet wonders if he should continue to exist in order to avenge the death of his father, King Hamlet, or to put an end to his own suffering. His father died, poisoned by his brother, Hamlet’s uncle, who then married his mother less than two months after the burial of King Hamlet. Hamlet is uncertain, thinking too much. He weights the pros and cons with an intellectual logic: is it more “noble in the mind to suffer,” to consume oneself, to endure “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” in life, or to take action, to fight against “a sea of troubles,” against the misfortunes that are part,”a life full of sufferings”? The metaphor “outrageous fortune” used in both the play and film refers to Hamlet having the bad luck of being compelled to seek revenge for his father. He has an inner struggle, whether to commit suicide, and an external struggle, whether to complete his task of revenge. He concludes that suicide is not the best option, due to his concerns about what will happen in the afterlife, illustrated by the metaphor ”a consumption, devoutly to be wished,” emphasized by the religious word ”devoutly.” Due to the Christian’s prohibition of suicide Hamlet fears committing suicide, as he would be condemned to eternal suffering in hell. “To die, to sleep” if he were to sleep, he might have disturbing dreams. Yet he knows that to seek revenge for his father’s death, to murder his uncle, would also be a sin. Shakespeare portrays him as a coward who misses his first opportunity to kill King Claudius, while praying to God to escape the huge burden of murdering his own brother. Hamlet’s “heart-ache,” or “sorrow,” is that he is consumed by a “thousand” inner conflicts, such as the cause of his father’s death, his mother’s incest with his uncle, his quest for revenge, and his inability to love Ophelia. Hamlet is led by emotions, morality, and by the fear of God, and he hesitates in his quest for revenge. Hamlet seeks forgetfulness, thinking that if he sleeps “perchance,” perhaps, he can forget about his pain of the soul, his inner pain. Yet there is a “rub,” an obstacle, an impediment: he cannot sleep forever, nor can he commit suicide due to his Christian belief. The saying, “When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,” means that when we have died, we will forget about our agitated lives and find peace. That is what Hamlet desires most, to find peace of mind. With the words “the respect,” the reason of “the calamity,” and the “misery,” Hamlet points out that death is the definitive answer that can put an end to a life full of misery. “The whips and scorns of time” refers to Hamlet’s life of burden, and the

Hamlet witnesses. through a play staged by himself: he is convinced of the terrible truth: his uncle did indeed murder his father! In the film. Hamlet witnesses Fortinbras actions (occupied with the conquest of territories). we learn that Hamlet is told by his father's spirit how he died by the hand of his own brother. yet he stays true to his duty to avenge his father’s death. which he must bear. Consequently he denounces men as "arrant knaves" who are not to be believed. In the film Ophelia’s father asks her to watch Hamlet closely. calling his father “Jove” and “Hyperion. Hamlet tells Horatio that he acts like an insane person in order to cover his plans for revenge. as everyone believes he is mad due to her rejection. The last few lines underscore the injustice King Claudius has caused him. so the suicidal thoughts he struggles with throughout the play are fulfilled.” refers to Hamlet’s inability to love Ophelia. he commands Ophelia to go to “a nunnery. as her son.” This short monologue causes us to view Hamlet as a coward. The next line. He loved his father more than anything. and is destroyed.” Hamlet is killed by Laertes. and therefore to Hamlet.” and he regrets that he has ever been born. until the moment when. as he declares himself “revengeful. In conclusion. Yet he succeeds in completing his quest for revenge. because of her obedience to her father.” so as not to become a “breeder of sinners. an insecure. . Thus he believes Ophelia is the same. weak. In the last lines. Ophelia’s brother. and realizes that he lacks courage. and that he must take actions in order to bring him inner peace and that is to avenge his father’s death. He puts avenging his father’s death above all else.” and a righteous man. Hamlet’s behavior towards Ophelia is quite offensive on account of his feelings of rage against his mother.” This behavior denotes himself hatred in that he himself has become “a sinner” through his revenge. At one point in the film. In the final scenes. though certainly not in the way he had imagined. by corruption and lies.” “a fair mountain. actions which brought shame to his mother Gertrude. He becomes anxious at the thought. ”a bare bodkin. “The pangs of despis’d love. for his destiny is to avenge his father’s death. “it were better my mother had not borne me. who cannot decide whether to murder his uncle or not. indecisive man. He feels betrayed by his mother and considers her weak regarding men and immoral. or seek peace by ending his troubles with a dagger. At the beginning of the play.“proud man’s contumely” refers to King Claudius’s behavior. even if it means destroying his own life and sacrificing his love for Ophelia.

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