Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

826 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the most iconic moments from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a scene where Hamlet stands in graveyard, gazing into a skull. Symbolically, this represents a moment where life is only temporary and how death can come at any moment. This is because Hamlet leaves the graveyard and is killed hours later in the fencing match. While this scene is used partially for comedic effect, with the gravedigger’s conversation, the later scenes segue into Shakespeare’s primary motive to explain the cruel nature.
Key dialogue from this graveyard scene indicates humanity’s vulnerability to death, regardless of power or status. For example, Hamlet struggles with facing the reality of Yorick 's death and understanding how someone “of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy”(5.1.191-192) could be reduced to a lonely, empty skull. Hamlet, in bemusement, questions Yorick, “Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on roar”(5.1.196-198). Shakespeare also points out that powerful people, with riches and high social class, also must succumb to death using Hamlet’s dialogue. In this scene, after “talking” with Yorick, Hamlet then turns to speak with Horatio. Hamlet states, “Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust.” Hamlet jokes at the fact that no earthly can save oneself from death.
Certainly, it appears Hamlet is only joking when he talks to Yorick and Horatio. But, Hamlet is likely deeply…

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