Hamlets Revenge Essay

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The Revenge of Hamlet
Hamlet’s sixth soliloquy is full of irony, philosophy, and with the familiar subject of revenge. It reflects themes of the entire play, and it helped further my understanding of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet. The main character, in his second-to-last monologue reflects Claudius’ regret which is an obstacle to revenge. This barrier creates frustration for Hamlet, but also is a reason for further procrastination, which is usually Hamlet’s way out of a situation. The subject of the soliloquy is essentially that if Claudius is killed by Hamlet while praying, he will go to heaven. This situation is ironic because of Claudius’ secret inability to pray, and the irony is unknowingly reflected throughout Hamlet’s
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These key words preceding Hamlet’s soliloquy go unheard by Hamlet and set the irony for his speech. The irony of this scene opened my eyes to the irony in much of the plot of Hamlet and also his moral dilemma, which makes him fear being corrupted by the evil that he is trying to destroy.
Hamlet’s primary dilemma is that he had been ordered to avenge his father’s death upon Claudius, but he is afraid of the implication this will have upon his own self. Will he be corrupted by the evil he is trying to destroy? In his famous speech he questions whether “tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles”(III.i.57-59). Through his sixth soliloquy I have come to understand better that his procrastination comes from the question, “To act, or not to act?” He questions the consequences of both and struggles to come to a conclusion; however he makes small conclusions of ‘not act’ nearly every time he is reminded of his task to revenge. The sixth soliloquy as a excellent example of this

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