In the soliloquy, Hamlet is at first upset with himself about finding ways to avoid avenging his Father’s murder, like his spirit in ghost form told him to. This complaining turns into self hatred and then Hamlet is insulting himself outright. The main reason for this is he has agreed to get revenge on Claudius so his father’s spirit can be at peace, but he hasn’t done it yet. The fact that the Player seems to be more able to get into the mindset of revenge than he can further discourages him. This on top of the fact that Hamlet’s dad is dead and his mother married that man he hates most in the world makes for a pretty melancholy fellow.
The first sentence he is debating whether or not to keep his pain within himself, and the second sentence he poses suicide as an option to lead him out of his misery. In the soliloquy, Hamlet states "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished", stating that he wants his suicidal thoughts fulfilled. He wants to end all the pain and grief that his father's death brought upon him. But then again, he might just be saying all this because he knows that Polonius and Claudius are listening in. But in fact, nobody will ever know if Hamlet’s intentions to commit suicide were in any way, shape, or form true.
Also, by him listening to his dreams he would have made either little or no poor choices later in the play which results in his death. Lastly, throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet have been threatening suicide to solve their problems (Shakespeare 973-1014). As most people know and understand when people threaten suicide something is wrong and because they were stressed they made more bad choices. That is why Romeo and Juliet are the most guilty people causing the tragic
Hamlet also expresses the possibilities that the ghost could have been the devil. Although hamlet gets upset with himself he believes that the play he arranged would display Claudius’ guilt and then he will know for sure he killed his father. This reveals to the audience that Hamlet is a procrastinator and he is a coward. In Hamlet’s fifth soliloquy he contemplates the idea of suicide, he suggests that maybe the only reason we choose life is because we know so little about death other than it Is final. After contemplation Hamlet decides not to take his own life.
He laments that “the Everlasting”, which is symbolic for the eternal God, has deemed it immoral to commit suicide, for he would rather commit suicide than endure pain. However, it is because committing suicide goes against the bible, that he continues his struggle through life, unlike Ophelia who upon losing her sanity, also loses her faith. This is the first time we see Hamlet contemplating death, which remains a very compelling idea in his mind. For example, in his “to be, or not to be (73)”, soliloquy, Hamlet is again contemplating whether it is a more noble task to bear all of life’s burdens or to escape it though death. However because there is much uncertainty in death, as no one knows what comes after, Hamlet declares himself too cowardly to commit suicide.
Even in Hamlet’s soliloquy of “To be or not to be…” (3.1.64), Hamlet questions his power to carry out his duty and to act out his revenge upon Claudius, or just to wallow in his suffering. Then, contemplating suicide as an escape, shies from that as well, fearing the dreams and unknown that lies beyond. With his famous line, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.91), Hamlet simplifies much of his past and future actions, in that in his ability to think and ponder ad question, he loses all the passion and action behind the act. For instance, after seeing his father's ghost for the first time he asks himself if the ghost was from heaven or from hell. “The spirit I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps… abuses me to damn me.” (2.2.627-632) Is the ghost trying to trick him into an encounter that he will later regret?
This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero. Creon’s human flaw of arrogance causes him to ignore reasoning and advice and listen only to his own thoughts. He states, "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city". He is afraid to go back on his word because it will hurt his pride and he is afraid that it will cause him to lose power with his subjects. This action causes him to lose everyone that he loves.
In Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, the tones of grief and misery overtake him at that very moment and reveal his fears of the ongoing situation in his life. He is anguished and tormented, and complexly contemplates the decision of whether or not to commit suicide because of the way it would stand as a morality issue. Throughout the scene he is constantly deliberating whether taking the pain and suffering of his life would be worth the consequences he would receive after death. The diction used in Hamlet’s soliloquy is important to understand the true depth and complex meaning behind his words. Hamlet begins with the ever so famous line: “To be or not to be,” for at that moment, Hamlet literally poses the question of “life and death”.
Hamlets anger, which stems from his mother marrying Claudius, bears him serious thoughts of suicide. This results in an attempt at a religious and moral sin which shows a weakness in his character. Hamlet shows some moral sense when he decides not to kill himself due to religious beliefs, which is a paradox that leads to Hamlet’s downfall. His statement “thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain” (I.V.102-103) establishes his tragic decision to let nothing stand in the way of his vowed revenge assuring the death of Claudius, a longer life span and the immunity of punishment towards his mother. As act III begins, the reader sees Claudius’s plot against Hamlet progress.
It is important to consider the types of conflict and actions a person becomes involved with into order to underline whether or not it indicates who we are and what we value. Why we choose to do something can be based on what we believe and how that action affects us and/or the people around us. In the case of Dead Poets Society, Neil Perry's decision to commit suicide was based on his belief that he could never have the freedom to be what he wanted and therefore believed that it was just too hard to live out his life. John Barton from Looking for Alibrandi is another similar scenario. It is evident, from an audience's perspective, that these two characters were like puppets on a string controlled by their parents and all they wanted was to be able to chose their future.