The Death Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

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“Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages,” according to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Suicide is a real element that happens in people’s lives. In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the main character Hamlet refers to suicide commonly. After Hamlet’s father dies, he does not honestly know what to do. His father meant a great deal to him and now he does not know if there is anything to live for. Hamlet debates whether to commit suicide or live. Later, down the road when Ophelia passes, the readers are left wondering if Hamlet pushes Ophelia to the point of death or if it was her own free will. Shakespeare portrays the concept of suicide in Hamlet through Hamlet going mad and Ophelia dying. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet had a great attitude towards the world. Later, when his uncle Claudius poisoned Hamlet’s father, this becomes the beginning of depression for Hamlet. Hamlet became mad and wanted answers for why his father had died. It didn’t help him as much since his mother ended up marrying his uncle Claudius. Through this situation, it leads Hamlet to ask the question, does he actually want to live? The only way that Hamlet came up with finding answers was by becoming mad. While Hamlet is mad he refers to the phrase, “O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon ‘gainst self- slaughter! O God. God,” (1.2.131-134). Hamlet is referring…

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