A lesson from Hamlet

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After reading the To Be Or Not To Be Speech many times, I have concluded that thesis of the soliloquoy is, conscience doth make cowards of us all. Although I firmly oppose suicide, this observation made by the melancholy Dane can certainly be interpreted as an explanation to why we often fail to take action in any other matters. When a good opportunity arrives, we often give ourself over to mulling in a dizzying perpetual motion, crumbling our resolve and none the wiser. Claudius proclaims, that we would dowe should do when wouldfor this ‘would’ changes… We all remember when Hamlet vows to the Ghost, thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain; unmix’d with baser matter. What was the Ghost’s command? To revenge his…murder. We know Hamlet isn’t exclusively focused on the Ghost’s command, for he grows grossly skepticical and dillydallies till it’s much too late. When telling Horatio to observe how Claudius reacts to the Mousetrap, the play arranged to catch the conscience of the King, Hamlet claimed to have doubts about the Ghost:

if his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech, it is a damned ghost that we have seen.”

Hamlet feared that if he killed a blameless King, his own demise was sealed; yet the quality of fear would fall into the index of baser matter; a category the young prince vehemently denounced; consequently we can deduce rather that Hamlet suffered from vivid fantasies of the undiscover’d country from whose bourn no traveller returns which indeed [puzzles the will] and dissuaded him from action. Hamlet obsessed over the mystery of death, and we can learn from Hamlet’s words that venturing anything in unfamiliar territory can equally puzzle the will; last time I checked no one knows exactly what tomorrow will bring, adding a compelling significance to his words; for if we can learn something from Hamlet, even if it is an inferred message; why not? 

Reject suffering; reject taking arms:

vivet. cogita nihil ultra

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