Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

2573 Words Mar 19th, 2016 11 Pages
Throughout Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s eloquence and use of thematic imagery helps convey Hamlet’s state of mind as troubled and ambiguous, establishing him as a tragic hero whose feelings of death are nothing short of an enigma. From the opening scene with the ominous apparition to the brutality of the final scene, death is seemingly portrayed further than that of its simplistic physical nature. Hamlet’s thought provoking and introspective nature causes him to analyze death on different levels, ways that are much more profound. Hamlet’s acceptance of death is gradual but very much evident in the play, as his idle nature transitions to one of cowardice and eventually determination and resolve. As the reader is introduced to Hamlet, it is evident that he is tortured by grief from the death of his father and the much too premature, incestuous marriage of his mother with Claudius. Following his meeting with his father’s ghost, readers are able to see Hamlet’s attitude towards suicide and the afterlife in his “To be or not to be” soliloquy. He knows that he must avenge his father’s murder, but is paralyzed by his inaction and instability. Ensuing his fourth soliloquy, Hamlet legitimately develops a fixation on the certainty of death. He is cognizant of death’s inevitability and comes to accept it and sees the futility in living in fear and desperation.
Upon Hamlet’s introduction, one can observe his fragile character and obviously distressed state of mind. In Act 1,…
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