This is the third Shakesperian play that I've read. The first one that I've read is Much Ado About Nothing which is a comedy and the second one is RomThis is the third Shakesperian play that I've read. The first one that I've read is Much Ado About Nothing which is a comedy and the second one is Romeo and Juliet which is a tragedy. I picked Hamlet because it is one of Shakespeare's most popular play and I think many considered it as his best work.
Contrary to the two plays that I've already read. Hamlet is more of a tragic revenge story than a love story. This is also more philosophical and harder to read than Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet.
The story or the plot is easy to understand, but there are some lines that I find really hard to understand the meaning. So, what I did is I Google some of the lines to be able to understand what is Shakespeare is trying to say.
Back when I was in High School, we have this oration/speech thingy that we need to do. And some of my classmates recited To be or not to be (and I don't remember what is the title of the speech I recited but it's not from Shakespeare) and that's where I first heard it.
I remember back then I don't really know the message of To be or not to be. Since when I was in High School we only discussed about Shakespeare's sonnets and and we also need to act on a play called The Merchant of Venice but I remember I do not really act on any role and I'm on the production aspect of the play. And then we also need to memorize "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players" (I forgot the title of that) for a speech choir contest.
And to be able to read Hamlet now and to understand some of the lines (thanks to Google) was really brilliant and cool. Like I realized that to be or not to be means to live or die because be means being so it's like existence. So what Hamlet really say is:
To live or die that is the question
But this is not a contemplation of suicide but rather a contemplation of murder. To die here do not mean he wants to kill himself but it means that he knew that if he'll murder Claudius he will also be murdered.
Whether '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?
He was thinking if it is more appropriate to live but of course he'll suffer because he knows that he needs to kill Claudius
or the other option of to not play safe and take action meaning kill Claudius.
To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect
So this is the continuation...so he's thinking if he'll take action he'll die. But he's also thinking that maybe dying will be more like sleeping and "what dreams may come" means like maybe there's dreaming after death or a life after death.
That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
so this is like...what will be the essence of living in a world that is full of corruption?
But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?
so he makes a point that life after death is very uncertain...it's like we mortal beings are uncertain of whether there is really an eternal life and that makes death scary
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 pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.--Soft you now! The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remember'd!”
Here Hamlet's having trouble because he's a moral being and like all of us he also has a conscience. He knew what is right and what is wrong. It is wrong to kill a man and this thought was hindering him to do what he knows that he needs to do- to kill Claudius.
So from that text alone Shakespeare talks about life, death, life after death and morality.
And this is just a part of this play, so I really recommend you to read it. But I do recommend to buy a copy with annotations because as I've said some of the lines are hard to understand.
So if I misinterpreted any lines, feel free to comment because I'm not really an authority and I just use Google....more
I think the tree in the story is very noble. The tree just gives and gives 'till there's nothing left for her to give. I just feel sad for the tree because the boy was actually taking advantage of everything. It's weird but I'm actually sad because of a tree.
I think there's something really painful when you have love someone truly that you don't care about what's in it for you and it is not reciprocated but you still continue to love and give and you are just content that that person is happy.
Now I'm depressed and I want to hug and comfort that tree.
Cute, sweet, witty, entertaining, funny, tragic and romantic.
The Benedick/Beatrice love-hate relationship brings the gem in this play. They literallyCute, sweet, witty, entertaining, funny, tragic and romantic.
The Benedick/Beatrice love-hate relationship brings the gem in this play. They literally hate each other at first because of their views about love and marriage. They both swear to live as a bachelor forever rather to be married. After that their friends plan to make them fall in love with each other by deceiving both of them that the other love them and just not want to tell it to the other. Their chemistry is just lovely they both intelligent and their argument is funny and cute. When they confess their love for one another it was very funny because they're like very proud of themselves that confessing love was really like hard for them. The couple ended together at the end of the play.
The other couple Hero/Claudio tragic/comic love story is just stupid. First I really hate Claudio for he's an ass by declaring to all the people in their wedding that Hero was a whore despite of lack of investigation. This make me think that Claudio didn't really love Hero because if he love her truly he wouldn't shame her in front of so many people and he didn't ask her first if what he saw last night was really her. Hero also was very silent after what Claudio than to him and she doesn't even defend herself thus making his father believe at first that she really cheated on Claudio. I really hate that in the end they got together and married if I were Hero after I redeem myself I wouldn't marry this jerk. ...more
Some part of me thinks that this is quite ridiculous like they meet, they fall in love at first sightWhoa! Whut the fuck? It's such an intense play!
Some part of me thinks that this is quite ridiculous like they meet, they fall in love at first sight and then they got married and then they killed themselves in the end because they can't be together because a lot of people are not in favor of their love.
However, what I find amazing in this play is the love story of Romeo and Juliet is larger than life and they choose to end their lives here on Earth so that they can be together in the other life also known as life after death. So this is an example of eternal love that can't be hindered by death. And I think that really makes Romeo and Juliet a timeless beauty.