All A False Hood, And Farther From Reality

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If one were to ask the following, “What does it mean to be human?” the answer would generally vary from person to person. However, as humans there are certain characteristics unique to us, that separate humans from other species as well as nonliving things. These characteristics regard to the human condition, the meaning of humanity. Despite the variability in such response from person to person, there are characteristics of the human condition that are common to humans as a whole. In great exposure to humanity and its condition, one must not look very far to see that lives so perfectly portrayed on movies and on television, in books and in magazines, are all a false hood, and farther from reality. The life of a human is often said to be…show more content…
A prime example of a writer, who often times wrote of the hardships of life, be it through fiction and nonfiction writing is William Shakespeare. In Shakespeare’s tragedy, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark,” popularly known as “Hamlet,” we see the text toying between life and death. “To be or not to be, that is the question— Whether ‘tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” In his writing, Shakespeare, or Hamlet rather, acknowledges and blatantly states that, in support of my above claim, life is suffering. This he does not question. What is questioned however is, what is better? To live a life of suffering the way in which one should go, or conversely, is death the end all be all in regards to ending a life of suffering? “To die, to sleep— No more; and by a sleep, to say we end The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks That flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.” If death were to end suffering than, according to Shakespeare, would, undoubtedly be the way in which one could end their suffering. However, Shakespeare, in his text, says this is not so simple. If once one is dead, they are dead, and there is no reversing such decision, than how we to be so certain that death does indeed alleviate such suffering inherent with living? “To die, to
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