The play Hamlet is written by British playwright Shakespeare, the whole play is a tragedy about the prince Hamlet take revenge on his uncle Claudius for killed his father. At act three, scene 1, Hamlet made the famous "To be or not to be" speech. Author Shakespeare used some figurative language in this speech such as personification, metaphor in order to reveal an enigmatic and contemplative characteristics for Hamlet. "To be or not to be-that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind of suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.And, by opposing, end them."(Line1-5) Shakespeare uses personification and metaphor to describe the struggles Hamlet is facing at that time, the question that Hamlet asks himself is that: "Is it better to live with all the bad or is it better to take his life and end his troubles?" This describe an enigmatic characteristics for Hamlet.He is facing a "sea of troubles", how is he going to deal with these unfortunates in his life, should he just flow away and fight against them. " For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay"(line 15-17). In this quote parallelism is the major figurative language being used, Hamlet was talking about all the negative of life, he thinks there are just too many of these negative things in one's life, why would anyone choose this suffering. This is a serious question being shown from this quote, Hamlet is deeply depressed about all those negative things happened in his life, he may consider to commit suicide.
Hamlet's depressed by the miseries in his life, he's enigmatic because of his thoughts, nevertheless, he is contemplative after all. "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution.