Fear And Foresight In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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When an individual makes life altering changes, a large amount of reactions to their choices can occur. For every decision an individual makes it alters a reaction. Our choices affect everything from friends and family, to one’s self. When an individual makes a difficult decision, fear and foresight engrave themselves in the decision and play as a scale. The decision is either going to wither or spark an individual’s life. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet you realize that Hamlet has a fascination with death. Through deeper meaning we learn that Hamlet’s obsession is truly fear and foresight. Fear and foresight counter truly because fear is what happens when foresight is lost, foresight is when fear is not lost but an individual knows consequences and …show more content…
During the play Hamlet discovers that death is the ultimate end and our choices can’t change the fact that in the end we die. During his soliloquy with York’s skull Hamlet says ‘Poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio.’ This scene makes Hamlet remember all of Yorick’s charms and gestures, then he realizes that they are in the grave with him. Hamlet realizes that Yorick is dead but he is remembered as an individual extremely happy and was not living with fear. Yorick made the same decision as the gravedigger, that is to live life happy and without regrets and fear. Hamlet discovers for a quick second how foresight and fear interplay. It took him to see a person that he cared about dead in the grave. Yorick had the foresight of death but not fear within his life …show more content…
Hamlets during this scene makes the life-altering choice to battle Laertes. The falling action of the play begins here. In the beginning Hamlet was swayed and petrified of making the wrong choice in his life. His continuous fear of death alters what he did on many occasions as he was afraid of what awaited him in the grave. The play ends and as Hamlet is dying he realizes that actions he made while he was alive is what counts. He realizes that death is nothing but foresight of things to come, but not something to fear at all. He realizes that fear is just something that makes you uncomfortable, and that he should not be afraid of the future. While Hamlet is fading away his ‘perchance to dream’ is here and he welcomes death with open

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