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Shakespeare's Hamlet

This job focuses on "How the play treats th idea of suicide morally, religiously, and with attention to Hamlet's two important statements about suicide:the "o, that this to solid flesh would melt," and "To be or not to be," soliloquy. It also targets why does Hamlet believe that, although capable of suicide, most human beings choose to live, despite the cruelty, pain, and injustice of the world?

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Point 1: In Hamlet's soliloquy "Oh that this too sullied flesh would melt, thaw,...Or that the Everlasting had not fixed/ His canon against self-slaughter"(I,ii,129-132), reference is being made to the fact that neither can we simply wash away those that have possible sinned from the earth and our lives nor take the life of the one in question because God did not allow for suicide or murder. Even though Hamlet has not met the ghost yet, he feels something is very wrong with the union of Gertrude and Claudius and it is VERY wrong in Hamlet's eyes and heart, as is shown in his reference in lines 139-151 of the "excellent" father Hamlet was and how much he idolozided and well-treated Gertrude. Although Hamlet, later, ...

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Notions of morality within Shakespeare's Hamlet are noted.