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The Meaning Of Life In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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How does one find the meaning of life? There is no map with an X that marks the spot where life’s meaning is discovered. It takes a journey to truly discover it. As they say, it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet uncovers the purpose of life through his journey of avenging his father’s death. Hamlet’s compulsive thoughts toward vengeance cloud his mind from rational decisions. His mind is clouded with suicidal thoughts which make him perceive death as the purpose of life. Suicidal thinking is extremely harmful to the mind, it distorts the person’s sense of reality--seeing things in a negative way. It is like watching a 3D movie but without the glasses, it’s painful and the end…show more content…
The King sent them to understand Hamlet’s shifted behavior after his father’s death. Hamlet knows that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would not randomly visit him and urges them to tell the truth that the King sent them to spy on him. Upon this discovery, Hamlet admits to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that “Why, then ‘tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but/ thinking makes it so: to me [Denmark] is a prison.” (2.2.236-37). Hamlet reveals that he already thinks of his surroundings as hell. And in this hell, it becomes worse to have friends stab him in the back with intentions of only pleasing the King rather than being a friend. His thoughts of a prison are reinforced when learning that his so-called friends would rather be attentive to the King than kind to him. After Hamlet decided that Denmark is a prison, in later scenes he decides that his negative thoughts will get him nowhere, and he will not be worthy of a nobleman. Hamlet realizes that these thoughts should not be melancholy of his life but should offer a change to it. While watching Fortinbras and his army trek across Denmark Hamlet fathoms “my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” (4.4.66). Instead of perceiving events as a burden, he decided to reconsider his thought process. If Denmark is hell then my thoughts should be nothing less than torture. A person’s mindset has
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