The term “undiscovered country” is used by Hamlet to describe the hereafter. Hamlet’s suicide thoughts are frequent, particularly when he complains about the problems in people’s lives on a daily basis. Despite his worries about what would happen after death, he was hesitant to take his own life since he is concerned about what may occur following death. The undiscovered country, as he called it, was a scary place for him.
In this soliloquy, Hamlet is voicing his intent to die and his dissatisfaction with himself that he cannot even do so. He claims that the fear of not knowing what occurs after death keeps people from committing suicide.
Hamlet does not see the worth of human life. He believes that people who choose to live are cowards. Hamlet mulls over life and death in his most famous soliloquy, which leads him to one conclusion. Only fear of what comes next prevents individuals from committing suicide, he thinks. It also holds him back.
People are afraid to die because they are afraid of the unknown. Hamlet has concerns about committing suicide; if the same torments continue in the afterlife, there is no sense in leaving this world. In Act III, Scene 1, Hamlet describes “the undiscovered country” as “a land / Of darkness and obscurity.” It’s where he delivers his famous soliloquy, beginning with the line “To be or not to be…”
The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought
Hamlet broods on the futility of life and the source of human dread, suggesting that humans are terrified by their own power. He concludes that those who choose to continue suffering on earth are afraid. They are concerned about death because they do not understand what lies beyond it. The prospect of death and the fear of living dull humanity’s resolve.
Hamlet is not afraid to die because he fears punishment in the afterlife, but rather because he is concerned about what will happen when he dies. Hamlet is worried that after death, there would be no repose.
Hamlet is haunted by the prospect of suicide. For him, it’s a way to avoid taking action in order to avenge his father’s death. In Act III, Scene 1, Hamlet considers death as a dream: an opportunity to forget and conceal from life. More than the desire to die, Hamlet is preoccupied with forgetting and fleeing from an impossible situation.