In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Hamlet goes on tirades about the displeasure he feels with his mother and his uncle, who’s now his stepfather. His uncle, along with his mother, married two months after Hamlet's father's death. In his “To be or not to be speech” Hamlet questions if the trouble and pain he is being put through is worth it, As he reveals his displeasure, anger, and disappointment with his mother and his life at the time.
Hamlet demonstrates his displeasure with his life and the events that are going on in his life in many ways throughout this speech. He describes how painful and miserable he is with how life has been treating him. Also, He emphasizes that life is not worth living as he questioned: “to be or not to be.” But, in other words, to live or to die. Next, He feels “by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks.” By saying this Hamlet means if he was to die his troubles would disappear. Next, Hamlet feels as though the effort he puts into a “weary life” is not worth it.
But the only reason Hamlet chooses to put effort into life is because of an “Undiscovered” afterlife, meaning everyone who's died has never come back to tell them what the afterlife is like. Hamlet, an angry person displays the anger he has with life in this passionate speech. He goes on about how painful love is and how it leads to betrayal. He compared the pain of love to “slings and arrows.” Demonstrating how hurt he truly feels. He is angry at everyone around him, he allows nobody to get close to him and really talk to him.
After Ophelia had broken up with Hamlet, His interactions became more aggressive and violent. Next, he began getting angered easily and started attacking people for slight problems he sees. “I have heard of your paintings well enough. God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another […] It made me mad.” Then Hamlet proceeds to compare his life to “For who would bear the whips and scorns of time”. So, Not only is Hamlet rude and angry, but he is also taking it out on people and comparing it to horrible and painful things. Hamlet is displeased and disappointed with his mother and her painful actions.
After Hamlet’s father's death, it took his mother two months to remarry. Which left Hamlet displeased because he questioned if his mother ever truly loved his father and had felt the pain of his death. Additionally, Hamlet goes on to say “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” implying that one's conscience is enough for someone to realize what they had done wasn't right. Hamlet, emphasizing the pain of his disappointment with his mother says “With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” Hamlet constantly feels “The heartache and the thousand natural shocks” from the actions of those closest to him.
At the end of the play Hamlet is poisoned by Claudius he starts thinking back on his life. While speaking to Horatio in his final moments, Hamlet was expressing his disappointment and anger by saying “Things standing thus unknown, shall I leave behind me.” Hamlet felt this way because he thought his life being cut short wasn't doing him justice. Finally, Hamlet believed he could’ve and should’ve accomplished more on this earth leading him to all these feelings.
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