9. "Hamlet" is famous for its soliloquies. Choose one and carefully explain its meaning and its significance for the plot. You may consider issues from any of the above questions, but please be sure to relate the soliloquy to Machiavelli.
HAMLET'S FAMOUS SOLILOQUY AND MACHIAVELLIAN SENSE OF BEING AND ACTING
Niccolo Machiavelli, in his book, "The Prince" is brave enough to give the leaders of his day a guide for leadership. In this work, the qualities of a prince are given point-by-point of what a leader should do in order to successfully lead his country. Machiavelli explains that leadership is obviously a position of command, "war is the only profession which benefits one who commands." (Machiavelli, 33) He also suggests that, in order to ensure peace, a leader must always be ready for war and in other words he must always be ready for action. Therefore, according to Machiavelli he should be brave enough to act at the correct moment.
He cites a multitude of past, present and even fictitious examples of military leaders who lead peaceful countries. Therefore, if we think of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, can we relate it with Machiavelli's ideas and thoughts about being and acting? In this paper Hamlet's famous soliloquy "To be or not to be" (Act III, Scene I, Shakespeare) will be analyzed in relation with the ideas of Niccolo Machiavelli and Hamlet's situation will be discussed in terms of acting and being.
In Shakespeare's play "Hamlet", the protagonist Hamlet is presented as a devoted son to the memory of his father, King Hamlet. He is displeased with the marriage of his uncle, Claudius, to his mother so soon after the death of his father. It has been only two months since the death of his father and his uncle has now become...