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The play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, builds up a story beginning with the murder of Hamlet`s father, as it leads to the downfall of not only Claudius, Old King Hamlet`s brother, but also Hamlet`s death, as the story slowly unravels with the death of many other characters, and the events that shape the story into its final moments. The suggestion of suicide is the perception of escapism as one character after another considers taking their lives to escape the frustrations and pains that are associated with existing in a life where constant problems arise in reality. The death of Ophelia, the soliloquies that Hamlet recited, the death imageries, and Ophelia’s funeral, all shows suicide as an option to the problems as it becomes agonizing to bear the reality and the problems that come along with it.
Firstly, Ophelia’s death was a loss that has many individuals puzzled with whether the death of Ophelia was her simply being unable to swim as she drowned or her not attempting to save herself as she fell deeper into the brook. As the Queen of Denmark and Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, spoke the lines,
Her clothes spread wide,
And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up,
Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds,
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a create native and indued
Unto that element. But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull`d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death. (4.7.175-183)
The truth behind all of this was to explain to Laertes how Ophelia had died as she described how exquisite the surroundings were around Ophelia as she was found in the brook to make the death of his sister seem more like a dream as she looked peaceful and not in torment than to show t...


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...their ability to think straight. The reality that hits the characters results in the thoughts of suicide in a way to escape from reality and the problems that arise. From Hamlet`s soliloquies about suicide to Ophelia’s death to many death imageries and lastly the declaration of death from Hamlet, and Laertes at Ophelia’s funeral, displays the escapism that is desperately wanted by even taking the means of suicide to end their cruel fate that awaited them.



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