Text[ edit ] This version preserves most of the First Folio text with updated spelling and five common emendations introduced from the Second "Good" Quarto italicized. To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Then Hamlet delivers the following soliloquy, which is also his last. Act 4, Scene 4 How all occasions do inform against me And spur my dull revenge!
What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fust in us unused.
Examples, gross as earth, exhort me: Witness this army, of such mass and charge, Led by a delicate and tender prince.
Whose spirit, with divine ambition puffed, Makes mouths at the invisible event. Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death, and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell.
How stand I, then, That have a father killed, a mother stained, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep? While, to my shame, I see The imminent death of twenty thousand men That, for a fantasy and trick of fame, Go to their graves like beds — fight for a plot Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, Which is not tomb enough and continent To hide the slain?
O, from this time forth My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth! What is a man if all he can do is eat and sleep?
Nothing more than an animal. I have the reason, the willpower, the strength, and the ability to do it. Obvious clues nag at me. So where does that leave me, one whose father has been murdered and mother dirtied, things that make my brain and my blood boil, but still I do nothing?
I should be ashamed of myself looking at these men who march towards death for dreams of fame, who make dying look as careless as going to sleep. Summary and Explanation The information given to Hamlet by the captain stimulates his thoughts of revenge and makes him scold himself for his inaction.
This soliloquy sheds light on the fact that he has a natural deficiency that always thwarts his purpose. His tendency to generalize and universalize, to think instead of act, one that can be seen in his other soliloquies, is, once more, evident here also.
He tells himself that every person has a purpose and they should fulfill it. A man is no better than a beast if he is satisfied only with sleeping and feeding himself. God gave reason to human beings so that they may make use of it. This is a turning point for Hamlet where he stops mulling over the past, licking his wounds, and fantasizing about revenge and instead, starts acting on his thoughts.Feb 08, · Soliloquies can create dramatic irony, because the audience is made aware of thoughts and events that the other characters in the play are not.
“Hamlet” has captured the imaginations of. Macbeth is a fascinating character not least because of the soliloquies. I guess you could say that what’s truly tragic about Macbeth is the gulf between his behaviour (which is awful) and his personality.
Read the original text, a summary, modern translation, and interpretations of the seventh and last soliloquy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet here.
The play Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays of all time. Written in the early s, Hamlet includes a series of the protagonist character’s soliloquies that to this day have been referenced in many other works.
In this play the protagonist, Hamlet goes through a major. Hamlet, the title character of a 17th-century tragedy by William Shakespeare, speaks seven soliloquies.
Recall that a soliloquy occurs when a character in a work is speaking his or her innermost. Richard Burton stars and Sir John Gielgud directs William Shakespeare's play of the Danish Prince. This is a "Hamlet" acted in rehearsal clothes, stripped of all extraneous trappings, so the beauty of the language and imagery could shine through.