The Importance Of Death In Hamlet

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Death is always gonna happen, whether someone dies because they were murdered, because of old age, or maybe even because of poison. Whatever the case maybe, there is no way to avoid death forever. Death is one of the biggest themes throughout the play and seen many times. Both Hamlet and Fortinbras’ fathers die in the beginning of the play, but they react differently, and Hamlet’s perception of death, after loosing his father changes as well. Even though, Fortinbras and Hamlet both lose their father and the throne that was meant for them, they deal with the these events very differently. When Hamlet learns that his father was killed by a snake in the orchard while he was sleeping, he was in a mournful state and very suicidal. Hamlet says,…show more content…
In the beginning of the play, Hamlet was afraid of death but sought death. After Hamlet lost his father and his mother remarried Claudius, this impacted Hamlet so much and caused a great quantity of sorrow in him. Hamlet says while alone, “O God, God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world,” (Act 1,Scene 2,Lines 132-134). Hamlet is saying that life to him now is pointless and says that it is like a garden that is growing wild because no one is taking care of it. Hamlet wants to end his life but says that God made it a law against suicide. Hamlet also fears death, “The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns…Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,” (Act 3,Scene 1,Lines 80-81,84). Hamlet fears the unknown of death and isn’t ready to deal with that, so that is why Hamlet is willing to live in his pointless…show more content…
He views death as the great equalizer and is ready to accept it. When Hamlet finds the skull of Yorick, he starts considering death and how it is the great equalizer. “Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, might stop a hole to keep the wind away,” (Act 5,Scene 1,Lines 216-217). Hamlet learns that no matter the power and no matter the wealth, everyone would end up being nothing but dirt. Hamlet compares Yorick, a jester of the court, to Alexander the Great and Imperious Caesar. Yorick compared to these great powerful men, was nothing except entertainment for them while they lead and changed the country. At the end of the day though, Yorick, Alexander, and Caesar all ended up as dead. Hamlet says the most important part of death is, “The readiness is all, “(Act 5,Scene 2,Lines 222). Hamlet believes now that God has a plan for him, and if it is to die during the fencing match, so be it. He is prepared to face any of the consequence and ready to deal with

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