In the play, Hamlet explores multiple questions for what happens after death. According to Hamlet, heaven, hell, and purgatory do exist and is dependent on what one does in the real life, but what one does on the earth does not affect their legacy. Before the ghost comes and tells him that Claudius has killed him and that he is stuck in purgatory Hamlet is depressed about his fathers death. After a ceremony celebrating Claudius and Gertrude, the new king and queen of Denmark, Hamlet is alone and speaks his first soliloquy. In addition, at this point in the play it is known that Hamlet is not acting and is sincere.
Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did in fact kill his father, so he sets up a play to re-enact the crime scene and to Hamlet’s content, Claudius disp... ... middle of paper ... ...death of him. Hamlet’s obsession and numerous contemplations about death sets himself in the undesired direction of suffering with the deaths of his father, Ophelia and Polonius, all whom he believed were undeserving. His will to continuously get himself into situations that inflict a great deal of emotional stress is astonishing, and his change in attitude about his indecisiveness about murder is not beneficial, rather it kills him in the end. Having a healthy fear of death is normal --one must realize death is unavoidable, while constant thought about death creates unhealthy anxiety.
From the beginning of act one where the Ghost first appeared to when Hamlet kills himself in Act V. The Ghost represents foreshadowing spiritually, the bloodbath and “Chaos is come again” as C. S. Lewis mentions. Hamlet thinks, speaks and mentions suicide even after he sworn avenge, his problems lies much deeper than simple grief over his father’s murder. The anger that Hamlet has for is mother isn’t because of the action she did by marrying his uncle and moving on so quickly from his dad, but of the fear that someone’s life can be easily forgotten after death and that a life can no longer have meaning. His crisis is morality and not existential. Death has many variety and depth of it’s meditations (The Ghost: spiritual death and Yorick’s skull: physical death).
In the time of the Renaissance, many things had an impact on suicide such as religion, morals, and aesthetic views. In ancient history suicide was condemned to be a morally wrong sin. Plato claimed that suicide was shameful and its perpetrators should be buried in unmarked graves. When the Christian Prohibition came into play a man by the name of St. Thomas Aquinas defended the prohibition on three grounds. These are that suicide is contrary to natural self-love, whose aim is to preserve us.
Shakespeare kept the nature of the ghost a mystery hovering over the play. He takes care not to reveal it. We never know if the ghost is good or evil spirit. To understand this idea we have to go back to the Elizabethan belief during that period of time. Most Catholics believed that ghosts could be the spirits of the dead coming from the purgatory to finish unfinished matters so their wandering souls may find rest.
The ghost of Hamlet’s father caused Hamlet to start to rethink the views he had for his uncle. Hamlet was given major character development after this event and even contemplated becoming a murderer. The ghost scene in Hamlet is a deciding factor in how the story runs its course, this scene creates Hamlet the madman. By the storyline revolving around this key scene you cant help but wonder if anything would have happened the same if Hamlet had never found out what had happened to his father. Shakespeare used the dead to decide the future of the living.
We see religion as a way to face the unknown but does Shakespeare’s Hamlet feel the same way? Hamlet incumbasses so much more than however religion play a huge factor in his life and his ideas of death. In Shakespeare 's Hamlet, the questioning of religious beliefs illuminates the inevitable mortality of man. Hamlet from the beginning of the play is confronted by a Ghost who questions all knowledge Hamlet has had about the afterlife. The Ghost of his father explains the idea that if you are murdered without confessing you are left to “hell fire” during the day and to wander the Earth at night.
Many people seem to fear death, but philosophers such as Socrates and Epicurus would argue that one has no reason to fear it. Socrates sees death as a blessing to be wished for if death is either nothingness or a relocation of the soul, whereas Epicurus argues that one shouldn't worry themselves about death since, once we are gone, death is annihilation which is neither good nor bad. Epicurus believes that death itself is a total lack of perception, wherein there is no pleasure or pain. I agree with Epicurus because Socrates doesn't give a sound argument for death as a blessing, whereas Epicurus' argument is cogent. I would also argue personally that death is not something to be feared because, like Epicurus, I see no sufficient evidence showing we even exist after death.
He blames Gertrude for encouraging them to keep Hamlet’s ‘madness’ a secret when they should have dealt with it before it became dangerous. To the extent of killing Polonius (the father of Ophelia). In 5.1, the imagery of disease and decay is made abundant in the fact that the scene starts with two grave diggers: “Faith, if he be not rotten before he die—as we have many /pocky corses nowadays that will scarce hold /the laying in— he will last you some
/ Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise, / Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes" (I.iii.255-259). Hamlet already believes that Gertrude has committed a "foul deed" in marrying Claudius and the ghost's appearance supports Hamlet's anger. At the time, Hamlet does not know of his father's murder, but he suspects there may be more behind the ghost's appearance... ... middle of paper ... ... revenge and kill Claudius. Before, the ghost was the only proof Hamlet had of his father's murder and he needed its assurance in order to act out his revenge.