Hamlet's Soliloquy: spiegazione in inglese del dilemma di Amleto

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Hamlet's soliloquy spiegazione
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To be or not to be expresses Hamlet's dilemma between life and suicide. Life appears to him as full of pain and troubles. Against this difficult life, suicide seems to be a solution.

Hamlet sees life as a never-ending struggle characterized by evil and suffering. He also questions whether there is any reward in life, and he doubts there is an afterlife.

Therefore, he wonders if it is nobler to suffer or to take arms against a sea of troubles and choose death.

Death is seen as an escape, just like sleep, because it brings an end to suffering. Hamlet fears being accused of cowardice and is also afraid that death may not be a solution.

The "whips and scorns of time" and "the burdens" of life are described as injustice, arrogance, injury, unreciprocated love, and contempt.

There is no positive aspect of life according to Hamlet. A man can either choose suicide or accept life as it is. The fear of death makes a man indecisive, filled with doubts and irresolute.

He is also afraid of being accused of cowardice.


Hamlet uses metaphorical language, with metaphors related to nature, travel, fighting, and pain.

The main theme is the incapacity to face life, indecision, and irresolution. Hamlet expresses the doubts of a man who is faced with a painful life and death and chooses not to act due to fear of what comes after death.

Another theme is the fear of the unknown after death.

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