Hamlet: Themes of Morality, Revenge, and Obsession

597 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 2 Pages
Mortality, revenge and obsession remain very apparent throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Though every character has faced challenges and trying times of their own, it is very apparent that Shakespeare’s theme of mortality is indeed intended. From the wake of Hamlet’s Father’s death to the downfall of King Claudius, readers experience complexities and intricacy through matters of life and death which allow them to understand the mind of those affected in the play.

Hamlet remains seemingly depressed throughout the play. Though almost every character is plagued with the dreaded disease, the causes of Hamlets depression is due to the fact that his father is deceased and his uncle’s hasty marriage with Gertrude, hamlets mother. Though Hamlet is considered as very dramatic throughout the play, it is evident that Hamlet is in a constant battle with his mind. This is apparent in the opening phrase of his first and vital soliloquy in the nunnery scene. Hamlet experiences trying thoughts of suicide, he expresses himself through this soliloquy by questioning life and if it’s worth living despite all the pain and suffering that he’s enduring. Hamlet eventually believes that dying wouldn’t be so bad unless it’s anything like dreaming. The uncertainty of what comes after death is what terrifies Hamlet into having second thoughts on killing himself. Having just witnessed the appearance of the recently deceased king of Denmark, Marcellus…
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