Essay on Shakespeare’s Brilliant Use of Symbolism

3548 Words Sep 2nd, 2008 15 Pages
“To be or not to be - that is the question” (Kittredge, 993). This is one of William Shakespeare’s best known and used quotes. Many who use it do not even know what piece it is taken from, or what exactly it means. It just sounds like a cool, tragic, Shakespearean quote to use to sound more intelligent. And that is the sad truth. Shakespeare’s works are filled with quotes, soliloquies, and experts, like this one, that are filled with innuendos, imagery, word choice, etc. One very important literary technique used by Shakespeare, in all of his works, is his symbolism, which portrayed Shakespeare’s life, time period, and messages he wished to get across to his audience. He also used his symbolism to satirize whomever he wished. Shakespeare’s …show more content…
That reason, Hamlet later finds out is for revenge because his father was murdered. Ghost. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murther.” Ham. “Murther?” Ghost. “Murther most foul, as in the best it is; But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” (Act I, Scene V, ll 26-28).
The ghost of Hamlet’s father plays a very important role in the play, as throughout the entirety of it Hamlet is trying to seek revenge for his father, which was first brought to his attention by the ghost. Another symbol used in Hamlet is the use of the word “dream” Throughout the play Hamlet is confronted with death, and his uncertainties as to the conditions of the existence of an afterlife (Rogers, 10). In his “to be, or not to be” soliloquy Hamlet questions as to whether it is worth it to live or die. He refers to death as some sort of dream that may come. He uses the reference of a dream to death because, as dreams are uncertain and often forgotten after they are through, so is death, although it is a dream that one will never be woken up from whether it be a nightmare or sweet escape. “To die - to sleep - No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, 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

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