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In an essay written in 1989, Paul cantor suggested that Hamlets character is an contradictory one. How does Shakespeare present contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in the to be or not to be soliloquy?

• choose 2 or 3 quotations that you feel show contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in this speech


• write about these quotations, analysing how the language works and evaluating any literary devices used by Shakespeare

• explore contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in the speech, and the ways in which Shakespeare present them.
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It's been ages since I studied Hamlet, but I think two major contradictions are
- early on, (line 8 I think) Hamlet says that dying is preferable to living, but later discusses at great length that people bear awful tragedies and conditions in life, and must do so because they fear the afterlife. So is death good or bad?
- Hamlet talks about no traveller returning from the afterlife, yet he is visited by his father's ghost. So, do travellers return or not?

Bard.net is a good resource if you're struggling.
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I really don't know the answer.


In an essay written in 1989, Paul cantor suggested that Hamlets character is an contradictory one. How does Shakespeare present contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in the to be or not to be soliloquy?

• choose 2 or 3 quotations that you feel show contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in this speech


• write about these quotations, analysing how the language works and evaluating any literary devices used by Shakespeare

• explore contradictions in Hamlets character and thoughts in the speech, and the ways in which Shakespeare present them.
It might help if you printed out the soliloquy on a piece of paper and went through and highlighted any contradictions you find
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