Morality, Revenge, Moral Corruption And Appearance Vs. Reality

2534 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 11 Pages
In the famous play known as Hamlet, by the renowned play writer William Shakespeare there are four major themes that are spoken about: Morality, Revenge, Moral Corruption and Appearance vs. Reality.

The first of the four themes is Morality. The weight of one 's mortality and the complexities of life and death are introduced from the beginning of Hamlet. In the wake of his father 's death, Hamlet can 't stop pondering and considering the meaning of life — and its eventual ending. Many questions emerge as the text progresses. What happens when you die? If you 're murdered, then will you go to heaven? Do kings truly have a free pass to heaven? In Hamlet 's mind the idea of dying isn 't so bad. It 's the uncertainty of the afterlife that frightens Hamlet away from suicide, even though he 's obsessed with the notion. A turning point for Hamlet occurs in the graveyard scene in Act V. Before, Hamlet has been appalled and revolted by the moral corruption of the living. Seeing Yorick 's skull (someone Hamlet loved and respected) propels Hamlet 's realization that death eliminates the differences between people. The sheer number of bodies at the end of Hamlet can be misleading. Even though eight of the nine primary characters die, the question of mortality is not fully answered. The questions about death, suicide, and what comes after are left unanswered. What Hamlet presents in an exploration and discussion without a true resolution.

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