The Concept Of Death In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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William Shakespeare's play Hamlet conveys the evolution of Hamlet’s resigned personality from his introduction to a determined one at conclusion by contrasting his thought of death as well as his own flaw. The shift in Hamlet’s personality exhibits his determination to accomplish his goal in contrast to his resignation which made him afraid to act. To accommodate this, Shakespeare manipulates effective angles. Hamlet’s resigned personality causes him to contemplate the simple facts of life and death. Death, usually unwelcome, is called upon by Hamlet. The acceptance of this usually undesirable situation characterizes Hamlet as resigned in Act 3, Scene 1. Hamlet questions “whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” (Shakespeare.3.1.56-57) which compares the suffering of the mind during life to attacks of arrows and slings using a metaphor. The only alternative to life is death, by making life unappealing, Hamlet welcomes death instead. The metaphor allows Hamlet to demonstrate his acceptance of death and characterize living as a burden to welcome death for a break from the hardships of life. The characterization, along with “for in that sleep of death what dreams may come” (Shakespeare.3.1.65) which characterizes death as a peaceful alternative to life, explains Hamlet’s acceptance of death contributes to his inability to act. The metaphor compares “sleep” to “death”, creating a peaceful attitude toward it. The peaceful appeal of
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