The enmity between their families, coupled with the emphasis placed on loyalty and honor to kin, combine to create a profound conflict for Romeo and Juliet, who must rebel against their heritages.
To die, to sleep; To sleep: He pondered the prospect.
To sleep — as simple as that. And with that sleep we end the heartaches and the thousand natural miseries that human beings have to endure.
Yes, that was the problem, because in that sleep of death the dreams we might have when we have shed this mortal body must make us pause.
So thinking about it makes cowards of us all, and it follows that the first impulse to end our life is obscured by reflecting on it. Let us know in the comments below. There is a direct opposition — to be, or not to be.
Hamlet is thinking about life and death and pondering a state of being versus a state of not being — being alive and being dead.
The balance continues with a consideration of the way one deals with life and death. Life is a lack of power: Death is therefore empowering: Living is a passive state; dying is an active state.
But in order to reach the condition of death one has to take action in life — charge fully armed against Fortune — so the whole proposition is circular and hopeless because one does not really have the power of action in life.
With that thought Hamlet stops to reconsider. What will happen when we have discarded all the hustle and bustle of life?
The problem with the proposition is that life after death is unknown and could be worse than life. And now Hamlet reflects on a final end. Who would bear that when he could just draw a line under life with something as simple as a knitting needle — a bodkin? And how easy that seems.
Hamlet now lets his imagination wander on the subject of the voyages of discovery and the exploratory expeditions.
Dying is like crossing the border between known and unknown geography. One is likely to be lost in that unmapped place, from which one would never return.
The implication is that there may be unimagined horrors in that land. Hamlet now seems to make a decision. So with that added dimension the fear of the unknown after death is intensified.
But there is more to it than that. Throughout the action of the play he makes excuses for not killing him and turns away when he has the chance.
At the end of the soliloquy he pulls himself out of this reflective mode by deciding that too much thinking about it is the thing that will prevent the action he has to rise to.Two things struck me during this re-reading: 1) From the first scene of the play, the sexual puns are drenched in metaphorical violence (drawing your weapon, laying knife aboard, forcing women to the wall, etc.), creating a stark contrast with the purity of Romeo and Juliet's love and language, and.
Further political problems saw the project shelved and transferred to the Bolshoi where it was deemed unsuitable. The ballet was eventually salvaged by the Kirov and, on January 11, , Romeo and Juliet wasfinally given its premiere, with choreography by Artistic Director Leonid arteensevilla.comary Galina Ulanova was the original Juliet and Konstantin Sergeyev her Romeo.
BBC Animated Tales Romeo and Juliet. I love this soft Botticelli style which makes the connections with Tudor theatre being our renaissance art revolution.
Watch the video here. Romeo and Juliet the play by William Shakespeare. Text - script of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Cast and characters in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April – 23 April ) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".
His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems. ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ – Original text, translation, analysis, facts and performances ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’.Read Hamlet’s famous soliloquy by Shakespeare below, along with a modern translation and explanation of what ‘To be or not to be’ is about.