The Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

1522 WordsJan 25, 20167 Pages
There are only a handful of experiences that everyone must practice, and one of the most provocative is death. For some, death is fearfully avoided, but for others, it is constantly sought after. Suicide is a topic that impacts all kinds of people, so much so that it is often addressed in literature. For real people and fictional characters such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, prince of Denmark, thoughts of self-harm are brought about by overwhelming emotions that became almost too heavy to handle alone. For others, such as Hamlet’s companion Horatio, these thoughts originate when a person allows one singular, but extremely powerful, emotion to surround and consume him. In his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare explores suicide through the characters of Hamlet and Horatio, in order to portray suicide as an emotional escape. Death, and more specifically suicide, seem to follow Hamlet, prince of Denmark, into every aspect of his life. Following the death of his model father, Hamlet suffers through many emotional experiences that lead to thoughts of his own death. After being visited by his father’s ghost, Hamlet realizes his uncle is “the murderer of his father, [and] his mother is guilty of adultery as well as incest” (Mack 110). The disgust of his mother’s quick remarriage after his father’s passing is only worsened by the reputation of the new husband that she weds. The couple is anything but supportive of Hamlet in this time, often scolding him for his sulky behavior and
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