I decided to start this post with this quote from "Survivor" of Chuck Palahniuk, it definitely makes a reference to the Hamlet of Shakespeare that we analyzed just a few days ago in class. The quotation highlights the power we have on our own life, the power we have to stop it whenever we want, the power to lead it in the direction we prefer and the power to decide to live, or not. That was Hamlet's main dilemma, he was a Philosophy student and thought that the only power he could exercitate toward his own life was the decision to end it, when and how.
I really liked this tragedy because there are different themes at stake, like the constant ambiguity between death and life and between what is real and what it's not real. Hamlet's fatal flow is the constant procrastination of revenge, in fact throughout the development of the plot, Shakespeare counterposes ACTION and INACTION (thinking).
"Hamlet meets the ghost"
In this text, from act 1, scene 5 Hamlet meets his father's ghost, that says him that king Claudius killed him and want his son to take revenge. To be honest, I didn't like the character of the father, because asked his own son to kill his uncle, ruining his son's life. No father should ask his son to kill someone for him, in fact if king Hamlet didn't asked Hamlet to do so, he would have been happily married with Ophelia, but of course, that wouldn't have been possible because otherwise this wouldn't have been a tragedy.
"To be or not to be"
Those are the most popular verses that Shakespeare have ever written on life and death (act 3, scene 1). Hamlet deals with the injustices he has to bear as a human being and reflects upon why he can't control his own life and why he's aware of things but he isn't be able to lead them; so he starts thinking about suicide, that in this case it isn't something that makes him a coward, but makes him someone who wants to take control of his own life.
"Ha! Have you eyes?"
In this text (act 3, scene 4), Hamlet abuses his mother verbally and physically because he just realized that the ghost was right and Claudius did really killed his father and now his mother, the Queen, is sleeping with him. At the end of the conversation Hamlet accidentally stabs Polonius (Ophelia's father) that was hiding behind a curtain, because he thought he was Claudius. From now on Hamlets loses his common sense and becomes really mad.
The play ends when all the main characters are dead, the only one that it's still living is Horatio, Hamlet's friend, who is responsible to tell Hamlet's story.