Essay on Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

1279 Words Apr 15th, 2015 6 Pages
“Thou know’st tis common; all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity”
(Mowat 25). Death, a topic often pondered or discussed, is the basis of many novels in our society. Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a play completely revolving around death. Life’s toll on humans and the problems of life and death are mentioned even from the very beginning of the play (Cliffnotes.com 1). As the story begins, a ghost appears to Hamlet telling him that he needs to avenge his father’s murder. Hamlet pretends to be crazy to find out the truth about the murder, which gets Polonius and Ophelia killed. Polonius’ son Laertes makes plans with Claudius to kill Hamlet to avenge his father’s death. He succeeds, but only after he brings the Queen, Claudius, and himself down with him (Mowat 7- 287). Hamlet was the first play to focus on the topic of death in such detail and depth during Shakespearean time. (Gradesaver.com 1) In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, he uses the theme of death to affect the rising action, the characters, and the resolution. Shakespeare uses death to effect the rising action of the plot. As Lee Jamieson said, “This disorder has been triggered by the unnatural death of Denmark’s figurehead, soon followed by a raft of murder, suicide, revenge and accidental deaths.” (Jamieson 1) Therefore, if the ghost introduced in the beginning had never told Hamlet of the murder, the rest of the play would not have happened the way it did (Mowat 57). One specific death that…

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