Resulting from concise thoughts, the choices Hamlet makes reflects upon his character throughout his seven soliloquies. When Hamlet decides to accept his limitations of himself as well as his fate, he finds peace along with happiness. Through each soliloquy Hamlet debates his choices and at times even doubts himself, but through all this he takes a journey that reveals his true character. Hamlet grows from a person who knows nothing about himself, and eventually finds himself and ends up accepting his fathers fate as his own.Each soliloquy opens presents Hamlet as an pensive character because he thinks deep with each word that escapes his mouth. The development of thoughts through debate, moral alternatives, and doubts in seven soliloquies To fulfill the life made for himself, to accept his father’s and his own fate, and to realize who he is as a person, Hamlet leads himself on an journey of self-discovery because of his soliloquies filled with private debates, moral alternatives, and doubts. Through individual quest for one’s self, Hamlet not only finds himself, but also learns to accept who he is and where he comes from.During his journey of discovery, Hamlet’s thoughts in his soliloquies support the overall themes of suffering, sorrow, and guilt, while contributing to revealing his introspective character.
Within each soliloquy, Hamlet speaks his deepest thoughts which in turn expose private debates. While thinking, “To be or not to be, that is the question: weather “tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them,” Hamlet literally debates weather to fight life or deal with it (III, i, 56-60).Deep in thought, Hamlet expresses his deepest emotions through debating the different sides of the situation. Exposing his views shows his reflective character through debate. Figuring out from debate that he must take a risk and that honor is more important than himself, Hamlet states, “Rightly to be great is not to stir without great argument, but greatly to find quarrel in a straw when honor’s at the stake. ” (IV,iv,53-56). To take a risk and step onto unknown ground shows that Hamlet not only is willing to kill Claudius, but also shows he is ready to kill him.Reflecting upon his decision, he realizes that honor is more important than revenge and chooses to hold off killing Claudius.
Debating with his choices proves Hamlet carefully thinks over his actions before he initiates them, leading to the depth of his character. He realizes the more he debates something, the less likely it is that he will go through with those actions. Contemplating suicide and deciding to live rather than to die shows Hamlet contemplates many moral alternatives throughout his soliloquies.Referring to suicide, “O God, God, how weary, stale, flat ad unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world! Die in”t an, fie, “tis an unwedded garden that grows to seed,” Hamlet wishes to die as he sees nothing good left in the world for him. (I, ii, 132-135) Depressed and alone, Hamlet’s words illustrate his views of the world and his inner-most thoughts. Hamlet’s true feelings about life come out in his decay imagery, feelings of despair and anguish.Contemplating over death and killing others, Hamlet shows himself as a person who patiently examines the consequences of his actions before they are committed.
Not wanting to kill Claudius “when he himself might his quietus make, with a bare bodkin,” Hamlet decides it is better to allow Claudius to live rather than let him die in a state of grace. (III,i,74-76). However, Hamlet attempts to figure out why he himself should live when he could end it all, yet he does not know what to expect in the future when he is gone.Slowly Hamlet learns what his life is about and his fate will soon take place, as will Claudius”. Picking the alternatives that are morally correct, Hamlet prolongs his life and avoids his fate once more, because of these decisions, his character becomes stronger and more insightful and realizes that life is painful. Doubting himself, Hamlet proves his character learns from mistakes of the past which leads to doubt in himself.
As a person, Hamlet accepts his fate in the end, and until that point doubts himself and his life in general.During the course of the tragedy Hamlet slowly develops insight and prospective into the purpose of his life. To be able to accept his fathers fate as his own fate shows that his thoughts are finally complete and he is no longer in doubt of himself. He no longer needs to debate his choices, but can instead have faith in them until the moment he dies. Finally realizing that he can no longer procrastinate from killing Claudius, he trusts his decision and shows that he is willing to live the same fate that his father once lived.
ConclusionThroughout each earlier soliloquy Hamlet finds the need to debate every dilemma, proving he is willing to determine the best choice and best consequence for himself. Gradually able to figure out his alternatives to each problem, Hamlet becomes more reliable on himself and not others. Facing decisions which threaten the lives of others, hits and shows him that he must treat his life with care also. Finally he no longer doubts himself when he accepts his fate because he knows that eventually he will die so he must make the best out of his life and kill Claudius for his father’s sake.