What are the most important scenes in Hamlet?

As the court celebrates the marriage of Hamlet’s mother (Gertrude) to his uncle (Claudius), Hamlet finds out that his father’s ghost is haunting the castle. He is determined to confront it. The ghost of Old Hamlet reveals to his son that he was murdered by Claudius and demands that young Hamlet seeks revenge.

What is Shakespeare trying to say in Hamlet?

The theme or message is that revenge itself is deadly. Hamlet causes his own downfall by his obsession with revenge. By plotting Claudius’ death, Hamlet is stirring up Claudius’ natural reaction to protect himself. Ultimately, revenge kills Hamlet.

What is the theme of to be or not to be?

In his famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy (III. i), Hamlet philosophically concludes that no one would choose to endure the pain of life if he or she were not afraid of what will come after death, and that it is this fear which causes complex moral considerations to interfere with the capacity for action.

Why is to be or not to be so popular?

Why is Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ speech so famous? This is partly because the opening words are so interesting, memorable and intriguing, but also because Shakespeare ranges around several cultures and practices to borrow the language for his images.

What is wrong with Hamlet?

Hamlet has the problem of procrastination and cannot act from emotions due to a lack of self-discipline. He is a man of reason and denies emotions so that his search for the truth of whether Claudius killed his father is satisfied.

What did Hamlet mean by to be or not to be?

The soliloquy is essentially all about life and death: “To be or not to be” means “To live or not to live” (or “To live or to die”). Hamlet discusses how painful and miserable human life is, and how death (specifically suicide) would be preferable, would it not be for the fearful uncertainty of what comes after death.

Who died first in Hamlet?

Polonius – Stabbed from behind a curtain by Hamlet, believing him to be Claudius spying on him. Ophelia – Went insane because of Polonius’s death, and drowned herself offscreen.