Hamlet's Evolution and Perception of Death

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Hamlet’s Evolution On Perception Of Death “Hamlet” By William Shakespeare During the Elizabethan era in England, mortality was very prevalent and ordinary compared to the present times. Since it was highly widespread , death’s complications and issues became analysed and theorized particularly with religious factors. Various reasons influence how one may perceive fatality. In William Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet”, mortality encompasses Hamlet, forcing him to reflect on death numerous times and to philosophize his life. Hamlet begins by contemplating suicide, questioning the metaphysics of the after-life, later proclaiming that death is the greatest equalizer and then realizes one cannot escape their inevitable fate. In the beginning of the play, the contemplation of death appears to Hamlet in the form of suicide. Hamlet is undergoing the hardships and hopelessness of his life and begins to accept that suicide is the ultimate defence against life’s troubles. To express his profound, depressed grief, Hamlet announces his first self-proclaimed thoughts of despair in his soliloquy, “O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt.” Hamlet believes that if he were to kill himself, he would “sleep”, and by sleeping terminate “the heartache and thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to...” (III, i, 61-62). Hamlet ponders what an improvement his life would be without his grief. Although he is not fully willing to meet his death because he feels as though he has duties to fulfil and revenge to seek out, when he questions, “Who would bear the whips and scorns of time” ( III, i, 70). Hamlet logically inquires the pros and cons of suicide and what affects it may have on him and others. He apprehends that he must not let culpable Claudius get away with his father’s murder, consequently allowing his mother to be married to a

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