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Theme Of Death In Hamlet

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In Hamlet, playwright William Shakespeare weaves the dominant motifs of death, disease, and decay into every scene to illustrate the corrupt state of Denmark and Hamlet's all-consuming pessimism by using the literary device of imagery. The word image englobes any kind of simile; by using it, a poet or prose writer illustrates, illuminates and embellishes his thought. Shakespeare is able to utilise imagery through various descriptions or ideas which arouse emotions and associations in the mind of the reader. The images he uses are incredibly rich and vivid that in they have the ability to form a different world for the audience. Shakespeare’s choice of metaphors and similes at any given moment in the play is determined by the dramatic issues arising out of that moment. In the play, Shakespeare is able to accurately illustrate the corrupt state of Denmark, as well as Hamlet’s profound pessimism which corrupts his mind and soul. This is accomplished through the technique of imagery, particularly pertaining to the motifs of death, disease and decay.
In this play, the image of death is introduced from the very beginning, in Act I, once the Ghost of the old king Hamlet appears. In the plot, once the ghost is introduced, its role is to inform Hamlet about a secret murder. As Hamlet did not witness the murder, there was no need to feign madness. Yet Shakespeare keeps them both: ghosts and madness. They intensify the idea and image of death. It is not only his presence, but also his
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