Antithesis In Hamlet

He continues to criticize his mother's quick marriage to an inferior person so soon after his father's death.

Who would fardels bear, (75) / To grunt and sweat under a weary life, / But that the dread of something after death, / The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn / No traveller returns, puzzles the will, / And makes us rather bear those ills we have (80) / Than fly to others that we know not of?

/ Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, / And thus the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, / And enterprises of great pitch and moment (85)/ With this regard their currents turn awry / And lose the name of action.

It is, in Claudius’ words, a “warlike state,” where preparations are underway (9).

This scene also points towards the weakness and corruption of King Claudius, as is pointed out in his own moral treatise in which he is engaged, giving to others.

Soliloquies with this uplifting message from Hamlet himself: ACT I, SCENE 2, LINES 129-159 O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! / How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, / Seem to me all the uses of this world! a beast, that wants discourse of reason, (150) / Would have mourn'd longer—married with my uncle, / My father's brother, but no more like my father / Than I to Hercules: within a month: / Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears / Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, (155) / She married.

(130) / Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd / His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O, most wicked speed, to post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!Explanation: Hamlet ponders whether or not he wishes to exist, inquiring whether it's better to struggle through the trials of life or commit suicide.He declares death would be the better option if not for the unknown that death brings.Hamlet calls his father an excellent king and his uncle a scoundrel.He then comments that his mother's affection for his uncle increases, causing Hamlet to curse women in general.It is this mystery that causes men to suffer through their mortal existence instead of ending their lives. The king is engaged in preaching ethics to his family members and courtiers regarding balancing life between sorrows and everyday preoccupations.This scene also presents Polonius and his son Laertes, who is foil to Hamlet throughout the play.Laertes comes to the king to demand his permission to leave for France.On the other hand, Hamlet is comparing the king to his father, King Hamlet, and generalizing his mother’s marriage with “Frailty, thy name is woman! When all go out of the court, Hamlet is left alone.In his loneliness, he delivers his first soliloquy.


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