The Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

811 Words Oct 13th, 2015 4 Pages
The play “Hamlet” is a play about a man driven insane by his own drive for revenge. A man who while reaching closer to insanity, drives others to insanity and to death. Even his own downfall is caused by his insanity. In act five of the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, the theme of death is heavy through the entire act. It starts in a graveyard, which are known for their presence of death, because that’s where the dead are buried. The theme of death is prevalent in the graveyard scene, also how heavy the death of Ophelia is through the rest of this act, and lastly the death of the beloved Hamlet. First of all, the starting scene of act five is in a graveyard, and this itself has death everywhere.
The scene begins with two gravediggers, who are portrayed as clowns, and they begin digging a grave for Ophelia. Just being in this graveyard, implies death and the theme of death. Not long after they begin Hamlet shows up with Horatio and wonders why the gravediggers are singing, and Hamlet, unknowingly, does not realize just how close he is to his beloved’s corpse. The gravediggers, accidently pull up a skull from the grave with a spade and then another. The second one Hamlet realizes is Yorick a man whom he used to play with and would spin him on his shoulders as a child. Hamlet picks up the skull and says, “To what base uses we may return, Horatio. Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he find it stopping a bunghole?” When he says this he realizes…

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