Hamlet's Soliloquy Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Hamlet's Soliloquy
Examines philosophy of "To be or not to be" speech in Shakespeare's "Hamlet". It looks at its relevance to the play, compares it to ideas of Plato & Descartes and to the nature of human reality.
# 13308 | 2,700 words | 7 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jul 07, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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"The purpose of this research is to examine the philosophy articulated in Hamlet's III.i soliloquy "To be or not to be" and apply it in depth to the metaphysics of Plato and Descartes. The plan of the research will be to set forth in general terms the metaphysics articulated in this soliloquy in particular and in Hamlet as a whole and then to discuss in more detail ways in which Hamlet's conceptualization of what is real--containing as it does an interpretation of being-itself (ontology) as well as a philosophical interpretation of the place of the individual in the universe (cosmology)--may intersect with, interpret, or differ from comprehensive world views articulated by Plato and Descartes.
The III.i soliloquy is Hamlet's core articulation of a Weltanschauung of irony as the fundamental fact of the human condition..."

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