His father’s death invokes revengeful thoughts of killing the King. Ophelia’s death skews Hamlet’s vision of death. The death of Polonius shows the repercussions of Hamlet’s aggressive impulse. Clearly, Hamlet is fascinated by death throughout the play. Although this is deeply rooted in his character, his obsessive thoughts are a product of continuous grieving.
Hamlet searches for some dignity for life but cannot find one or a meaning to death. His points of view are more leaning toward a nihilist point of view because he has suffered. Death eliminates the differences between people of this world “ Hamlet asks Horatio about Alexander, the military genius and brilliant leader, now looks and smells like Yorick, the court jester? … the hierarchical structure of society is illusory and ultimately crumbles into dust, just like these bones”( Mategrano 183). When people die what makes a great hero and a evil devil different, we all turn to dust and bones but the only thing left from a hero is his story and the devil his tale.
The author’s scenes of interpretation follow his reasoning for creating such a historic novel that causes many disputes from people all over the world. In Joesph Conrad’s unforgettable novel, Heart of Darkness, Kurtz last words, or the reason Marlow lied to Kurtz’s mistress about his last words being her name, will never be completely answered. Upon Kurtz’s encounter with death, he uttered the words “The horror! The horror!” as a result of reflecting on his own character and of humanity in general. Due to his own cruelty and the horrendous world that humankind created, he was pleased to be leaving every aspect
The flaw of Hamlet is that his nature is so excessively concerned about death that he no longer knows right from left. All the deaths of personal relationships and of his father make him think about it, day and night. All Hamlet does, is ponder death and suicide in almost every one of his soliloquies. Everything Hamlet does in this play is centered on something or someone dying that is why his overwhelming interest and curiosity of death will eventually lead him to his own grave. Hamlet's first intense thought of death probably occurred after his own father's death.
This ghost appears to haunt Brutus and proceeds to drive him to suicide. Brutus’ friendship with Caesar causes his feelings of remorse for his actions, leading to the manifestation of his guilt in the ghost of Caesar. Brutus is originally reluctant to join the conspiracy due to his history with Caesar, and after caving, must justify his decisions to himself, a precursor to the future mental unrest that causes Brutus to envision the ghost of Caesar. Before meeting with the conspirators, Brutus is alone in his garden contemplating the choice ahead. His soliloquy opens with “it must be by his death” (2.1.11).
He also wants too avenge his dead father and redeem his family’s honor by killing his brother, who became the regent ruler upon his father’s death. Throughout the play Hamlet’s attitude changes from fearing death to accepting it as inevitable which pervades the play as he manipulates his own actions in the pursuit of avenging his father. Having gotten the wind of the possible truth that his father was murdered by his own brother, Hamlet finds himself questioning if life is worth living as he gets obsessed with vengeful thoughts. This is demonstrated when Hamlet views death though the metaphor of sleep upon his monologue: This illuminates his thoughts and reasoning about the afterlife as he contemplates both suicide and revenge, which make him raise the question what it really means to die. The thought of the unquestionable matters of the afterlife frightens him.
The evolution of Hamlet is quite surprising he begins as a young leader with the world in his hand, to a mad who becomes gript with revenging his father’s death. The revenge theme is acted upon throughout the story and is essentially what drives Hamlet. He believes that Claudius has killed his father (we later find out this is true), this begins his investigating. “Hamlet O, from this period forth, my opinions be wounded, or be nobody value!” Hamlet's search to revenge his father's death blinded his ethics and intelligence and main to his early death. It can be argued that Hamlet is the most complex character Shakespeare has ever written, there has been many debates revolving around his insanity (real or fake).
The theme of death is a very important theme that is displayed throughout this epic poem. Gilgamesh is faced with the reality of death when his sidekick named Enkidu dies. The gods created Enkidu to be someone who would be stronger than Gilgamesh in order to be able to stand up against Gilgamesh. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu first encounter each other, they wrestle one another to the ground. Once they forget their anger against one another, Gilgamesh announces the two shall form a friendship.
They form a close bond; consequently, making it that much more difficult when Enkidu passes away. In tablet seven of The Epic of Gilgamesh, Shamash hears Enkidu cursing Shamhat and tells him how Gilgamesh will acknowledge his death saying, “He will have the people of Uruk go into mourning and moaning over you, will fill the happy people with woe over you” (Line 86-87). A statement like this shows how much Gilgamesh has changed into a man who cares deeply for Enkidu. Gilgamesh will use his power to make people grieve over Enkidu’s death. Enkidu was troubled that once he died everyone would forget about him, but Gilgamesh would not let that happen to him.
When Enkido does (a death imposed by the gods) Gilgamesh is heart broken which sets him on his quest. He goes on this impossible quest seeking immortality. Ultimately he fails, and dies. Although he failed in his attempts, he gains much knowledge on his journey. Even though the men are most present, the women in this epic carry small but vital roles, that reveal a lot about babylonia at the time.This epic says a lot about the inevitability of death, and the affects of l...