Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

1471 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
William Shakespeare is a master writer who discusses sensitive and controversial subjects within his plays. He touches on timeless social issues such as suicide. In his plays Julius Caesar and Hamlet, William Shakespeare tackles suicide and the weight it carries with different individuals within different cultures. Julius Caesar depicts suicide in regards to Brutus and Cassius, the leading conspirators in the murder of Julius Caesar. Taking place in Rome when honor, valor, and triumph were the most important values; Brutus, Cassius, and other Romans considered suicide as an honorable way to die. However, Hamlet takes place in more conservative late Medieval Denmark. Hamlet is also a gruesome story of death and deceit; however, the discussion of an afterlife and God is more prevalent and therefore Hamlet and others from his time view suicide as a sin unlike, the early Romans. Hamlet, Ophelia, Brutus, and Cassius all contemplate suicide in these two plays, but for different reasons.
Both Hamlet and Brutus were visited by ghosts, but for different purposes. Brutus saw the ghost of Caesar after he planned and executed Caesar’s murder, which triggers guilt and confusion for Brutus, while Hamlet saw his father, which caused a desire for revenge and anger. Brutus is responsible for the murder of the visiting ghost while Hamlet is not, however on Hamlet’s path to revenge he commits murder too. These ghostly visits seem to take part in both men’s suicidal thoughts. Ghosts relate to…

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