The Importance Of Death In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In Hamlet, a play, by William Shakespeare there is various deaths that occur as the play progresses. First is the death of King Hamlet, then the death of Ophelia and the death of Queen Gertrude. Gertrude is the queen of Denmark the mother of Hamlet and is recently remarried with her brother in law Claudius. King Hamlet is assassinated by his own brother Claudius, who is now married to Queen Gertrude. Ophelia is Hamlet’s lover who died by drowning in a river. Shakespeare portrays Gertrude as a strong and emotionally distant character. Her reaction to the deaths of others and herself is distant. Gertrude’s lack of reaction to death allows characters to focus on themselves rather than on how she’s feeling. When King Hamlet died, Gertrude didn’t …show more content…
It almost seems like she is describing the death of a character in a novel whom she had no connection with. This makes us speculate if Gertrude witnessed Ophelia 's drowning, causing her to be in shock and show no emotion towards Ophelia 's death when she went to share out the news with Laertes. For instance, when describing Ophelia 's death Gertrude says “And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up” making it seem as if Ophelia looked prettier death then alife. It seems as if death to Gertrude seemed to be a lovely thing instead of being scary. For example, if she did witness Ophelia 's death, she probably kept it a secret since she isn’t able to do anything to save Ophelia’s life. A similar reaction is seen through Polonius …show more content…
In Act 3, scene 4, after the reenactment of the the death of King Hamlet. Gertrude and Hamlet proceeded to a heated up conversation. “What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue in noise so rude against me?” (III,IV,44-45). Even after the Queen witnessed Hamlet killing Polonius she is very cold towards his death. She acts as if nothing had happened, instead the Queen is more worried about her own life than what she had just witnessed. The Queen could have reasonably been scared about her own life when her son had just killed a family friend, but she should have shown a little more sympathetic emotion towards Polonius corpse laying in front of her. The Queen can still be scared for her life, but maybe by sharing her emotions with Hamlet, he wouldn’t have killed Polonius in the first place. As a result, he would have be able to open up to his mother more about his problems instead of wanting to avenge his father 's death. The Queen is a really tough woman who isn’t afraid of her own death because it is something that she has been getting used to witnessing after having to deal with the deaths of many loved

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