Hamlet: The Most Marvellous Play

Just some analysis’ of the scenes from Hamlet. It’s a great play, seriously. These are the scenes that I couldn’t help but marvel at the brilliance of.
ACT 3: Scene 1, Line 63-97
[The infamous soliloquy.]
To be or not to be – that is the question.
(To live or to die – that is the question.)
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them. To die- to sleep
(Whether it is more noble to live and suffer the pains of life, or to fight them to the death. To die is to sleep-)

To sleep, perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
(When we sleep, we don’t know what we’ll dream about. When we die, we don’t know what happens next.)
… Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than to fly to others we know not of.
(We would rather suffer knowing the pain of this life than chance greater suffering in the next. We fear the unknown. A country no one has been to may hold horrors beyond wild dreams.  Think of the island from King Kong, and you get the gist of it.)
Hamlet has captured, quite perfectly, the reason why we should not die. He does not reveal the meaning of life, but just the reason why death is feared. Shakespeare truly was the God of literature.
ACT 4: Scene 3, Line 22-27.
… A certain
convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm
is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to
fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and
your lean beggar is but variable service-two dishes, but to
one table.
Question: What’s the difference between a deceased beggar and a dead king?
Answer: There is none. They’re both dead, so whatever may have mattered in their lives is irrelevant now, in Hades. Ultimately, we serve the lowest- the worms and maggots who feed on our corpses.
ACT 4: Scene 4, Line 33-41
… What is man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Sure He that hath made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us is used…
(What is man, if the best profit he can gain from life is to eat and sleep? Surely God, who gave us the ability to reason both the past and future, did not give us such reasoning to let it rot away!)
[probably to be continued]
"Frailty, thy name is woman!"

One thought on “Hamlet: The Most Marvellous Play

  1. Pat. says:

    I’ve discovered absolutely AWESOME in Act 3, scene 1, line 30.
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