Hamlet is one of the most famous literary compendiums crafted by the great William Shakespeare. This is so because the said literary piece possesses a unique plot as well as exhibits a numerous number of symbolisms throughout the story.
For the purpose of this paper, it is the aim of the author to discuss the most popular scene in Hamlet, particularly that scene which falls under Act III, wherein Hamlet makes a soliloquy contemplating on the moral aspect of the actions he would like to undertake. Likewise, it is also the objective of the author to present his interpretations of the said scene as well as relate them to the various experiences that may be encountered by any individual in real life.
In Act III, scene I of the literary piece understudy, it can be noted that there are actually various situations that are similar to that of the experiences that may be encountered by any individual in real life. Situations that brings forth very painful experiences and worst, at times, may cause the individual to do drastic actions in order to release oneself from the endless sufferings entailed by it. This is actually what lines58-90 of Act III, scene I depicts.
Betrayal, as exhibited by lines 122-123, is one of the factors that contribute to Hamlet’s grievances. The thought of Ophelia being dishonest with him has left a very painful mark, an experience that is too much to bear. Thus as a result, Hamlet denounces Ophelia and expresses his rage via his suggestion to end all marriages. The painful experiences of Hamlet as well as his confusion over the things that had happened to him has brought him to a phase wherein he explores the idea of committing suicide.
In his soliloquy (Act III, I, 58-90), as mentioned earlier, Hamlet contemplates on the consequences of the action he would like to undertake. Those people, in real life, who considers committing suicide as the best option to end one’s suffering, may also experience this particular situation. This may also be true for those people who are compelled to commit mercy killing for the benefit of those who are in pain. These people usually get torn between the consequences of undertaking and or participating in the execution of the said action. This situation actually becomes a test for these people. A test on the people’s accustomed beliefs and principles.
A test on how strong is their faith in God. Another point that can be noted in the same scene (i.e. Act III, scene I, 58-90) is that it explicitly shows that committing suicide is not the best solution to confront one’s miseries and or dilemmas. It actually implies cowardness of the person. It implies that one must learn to deal with his problems and accept the painful experiences he had and take it as a guide in dealing with the rigors of his endeavors. This is actually what makes William Shakespeare’s Hamlet a very good literary piece. It captures the weaknesses and strengths of an individual.