Hamlet 2

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  • "To be or not to be--that is the question"(III.i.64)
  • Hamlet continues to develop the motif of death and what it means to be dead or alive. He compares sleeping to dying, and that man must think about whether or not their dreams are as good as their lives. This all comes after Hamlet again questions his need for revenge, while he'd like to follow his father's plans, he also wishes that life after death was know to be good so he could stop struggling to live.
  • "Where is this king?"(IV.v.124)
  • After Ophelia let her father spy on Hamlet and her, Hamlet decides to get pay back taunting and making crude comments of her. Hamlet begins to think less of his actions and how they'll affect those that they are directed to, becoming more reckless. Hamlet's change in character will continue to intensify until the climax of the play. His shift in character serves as a foreshadow of whats to come.
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  • Laertes storms into the castle to demand the whereabouts of his father's body and demand that the killer, believed to be Claudius, to be punished for his actions. Laertes serves as a foil to Hamlet, for while Hamlets is off planning his revenge Laertes is storming the castle. This leaves a bunch of Hamlet behaviors unjustified and time-consuming, for example, Hamlet wastes almost four acts on sulking over his father's death or over how to kill Claudius.
  • As the end of the play nears, Hamlet stops fighting his destiny to start fighting what fate throws at him. He agrees to a friendly duel against Laertes that was set up by Claudius. Against the the warning signs Hamlet starts the fight. Although he will let fate takes its course, he wants to take care of a few things before he dies. Thus after the death of his mother, he kills Claudius and proceeds to die himself. Ending by declaring Fortinbras the King of England.
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