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09/08/2019

Essay on Hamlet? Please help?

QUESTION
Essay on Hamlet? Please help?
So I was given an assignment in classes to write an essay on Hamlet “To be or not to be” monologue. I’ve read the monologue and the things I’m supposed to write are:

Write a letter, an answer to Hamlets monologue. Why should he keep fighting?

On one page. I don’t really know what to write exactly or even how to start it so I thought I’d go on here to ask for some help.

ANSWER
There is a general misunderstanding about this monologue. Anybody who’s been in a similar situation recognizes instantly that the son of a murdered father would not be thinking about killing HIMSELF – he would only be thinking about killing his father’s murderer.

Please see;

http://www.thyorisons.com/#To_be – To Be Or Not To Be
(Hamlet was contemplating a suicide mission, not outright suicide. He was worried about his soul, not his body. Suicide is not an “enterprise of great pitch and moment” – a suicidal attack on a king might be.)

http://www.thyorisons.com/#Cloud_Cannon_… – The Cloud, the Cannon, and in the Cup a Union
(In his first soliloquy, isn’t wishing for his own self-slaughter. He’s wishing that Claudius would commit self-slaughter. The cannon/canon to self-slaughter the clouds/Cloud-ius belonged to Claudius.)

http://www.thyorisons.com/#Nutshell – Hamlet in a Nutshell

The title says it all: “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.” Because he is Prince of Denmark he is not free to carve for himself. He is subject to the voice of Denmark – and that voice was sent from Hell to speak of horrors.

Hamlet, like all the other major characters, is untrue to himself. When he is himself, he is like Horatio, a student from Wittenberg. But as he said, “Horatio, or I do forget myself.” He does forget himself. He erases himself and his humanist education (all saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there) from his own brain and there in the book and volume of his brain he writes his father’s commandment (the voice of Denmark, sent from Hell to speak of horrors, to breathe contagion, unfolding the secrets of his prison-house that he was forbid to tell to mortal ears). Hamlet is from himself taken away.

When he is not “from himself taken away,” Hamlet is a rational humanist scholar from Wittenberg. But Hamlet erases that side of himself from the book and volume of his brain and replaces it with the commandment of his warlike father. Thereafter all of Hamlet’s soliloquies are really debates between the warring sides of his divided soul. Hamlet is a valiant soldier of the spirit, fighting a desperate internal battle to defend the sovereignty of his soul.

In the “my thoughts be bloody” soliloquy:

Hamlet the scholar says,
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reason
To fust in us unused.

But Prince Hamlet, the soldier-son of a warlike king scoffs at “thinking too precisely on the event” and concludes:
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!

A gravedigger was hired on the very day that Hamlet emerged from his mother’s womb, which was the same day his father put old Fortinbras into the womb of earth (his grave), thus acquiring land “that was and is the question of these wars” and which was Hamlet’s inheritance, figuratively a graveyard, not big enough to cover the dead from the impending war.

BERNARDO (Act 1, Scene 1, lines 121-124)
I think it be no other but e’en so:
Well may it sort that this portentous figure
Comes armed through our watch; so like the king
THAT was and IS THE QUESTION of these wars.

That is Hamlet’s dilemma – whether “TO BE OR NOT TO BE,” like the Ghost, “so like the king THAT was and IS THE QUESTION of these wars.”