A Pleasant Demise in Shakespeare's Hamlet

1081 Words Feb 19th, 2018 4 Pages
Advertisements consistently supply the consumer with information about hair coloring and skin cream products to procedures like botulinum toxin injections, all in hopes to combat the effects of aging. New medications are constantly under development to keep the elderly and debilitated alive for numbered days as their health deteriorates. The subject of death draws strange glances and quiet discomfort if pursued in everyday conversation. The prominent theme of death in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark embodies a different, more accepted role. As the tragic aspect of the play comes to fruition with the death of Hamlet, death becomes accepted. With his confidence in fate, his desensitization to death, and the completion of his goals, Hamlet dies satisfied with himself. One of the strongest coping methods for the inevitable reality of death today is religion, where the idea of God’s plan closely aligns with the concept of fate. The evolution of Hamlet’s confidence in both fate and the active involvement of the divine in his life allow Hamlet, in part, to die at peace with his self. Hamlet’s faith in fate undergoes a process of decay and revitalization during the play, allowing him to use his final, strengthened confidence to allow him to die at peace. As Hamlet meets the ghost, “fate cries out, / And makes each petty artery in [his] body / As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve"…
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