Analysis Of ' Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

953 Words Feb 5th, 2016 4 Pages
English 12
Cortez Cain
Ms. Baldwin Feb 5 2016 Hamlet Thematic Essay
Death was a very strong theme in the play, Hamlet. It is the ultimate equalizer. It doesn’t matter how you lived your life. You could have been a prince, king, liar, lover, jester, good friend, or a bad friend, but in the end we all end up 6 ft. under the ground. Humans don 't fear death itself, we fear what comes after it and we don’t know what happens in the afterlife. Whether you have faith or not, there’s still fear of what happens after death because nobody can come back to tell us what happens after we die. It is the unknown. We fear the unknown.
Death is a very prominent factor in the play Hamlet. It is something the main character, Hamlet, struggles with throughout the whole play. In Act 1, Hamlet is torn with grief and misery from the death of his father and the incestous, quick marriage of his mother with Claudius. Which fuels Hamlet 's anger against his mother that is rooted in the fear that if someone 's life can be so easily forgotten after death, then life itself has no meaning. The question of death haunts Hamlet as he repeatedly contemplates whether or not suicide is a morally accepted action in a world that is unbearably painful and full of suffering. Hamlet’s grief and misery is such that he often longs for death to end that suffering. He struggles with the meaning and complications of life are apparent in Hamlet’s first soliloquy of the play when he…
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