Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare explores many aspects of mankind--death, betrayal, love, and mourning. Out of these, the most prominent theme in this play is death in the form of suicide. The main character, Hamlet, finds himself questioning the quality of life and the uncertainty of the afterlife once he discovers news of his father 's death and the corruption in the kingdom that follows. Ophelia, Hamlet’s lover, is found dead later in the plot and is presumed to have committed suicide. In Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “to be, or not to be,” and various other instances we get a better understanding of why he contemplates suicide throughout the play. So, what keeps Hamlet from ending his life? Religion, specifically Christianity, is what ultimately persuades him to not follow through with self-destruction.
To better understand the theme of suicide in the play Hamlet, it is beneficial to understand the mastermind behind this literary piece. Because William Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago, many records on him are lost or quite possibly never existed at all. There are no known personal journals, diaries, or other documents available to help us understand
Shakespeare’s thoughts or daily routine. Although there are numerous gaps in the concrete information known about his life, a substantial amount of information abstracted from available resources helps us make assumptions about the creative mind behind some of today’s most recognizable plays. As there is no known official…
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