Theme Of Death In Hamlet

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As anyone who has ever read a play that was written by Shakespeare knows, there are many different themes throughout the many Acts of the play. Hamlet is the same way, although a very predominant one is the theme of death. Hamlet is a play written by the very famous Shakespeare somewhere between the years 1599-1602. Hamlet is an extremely interesting play and the theme of death is one that is seen a lot throughout the play. In act 5 of Hamlet, the theme of death is seen a lot, and the deaths of his lover Ophelia, the Queen, and soon Hamlet himself are the main deaths.

The theme of death in Act 5 of the play Hamlet is very important because as Hamlet continues on, he keeps getting one step closer to his own
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After the death of his lover Ophelia, Hamlet and Laertes are supposed to fight. The king has a wager on the fight and he knows that Hamlet needs to die. The tip of Laertes’ sword is sharpened so it will actually scratch Hamlet. They also put poison on the tip of the sword so when it does scratch Hamlet, the poison will enter his bloodstream and it will kill him. In addition to poison on the sword, the king puts poison in a glass of wine so during the fight, Hamlet will drink it and die. However, this plan backfires, and the queen decides to use the wine to make a toast for her son. The King realizes what is happening but doesn’t successfully stop his wife from drinking it. After she drinks it, she starts not feeling well and knows what has happened. She faints and the king blames it on the blood that she has seen but she knows it is the drink. “No, no, the drink, the drink! O my dear Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I am poisoned. [Dies]” Act 5 Scene 2 lines 321-322. After his mom dies, Hamlet says his uncle dad is a villain and it was treachery. Then he stabs the king and pours the poison into the mouth of the king and tells him to follow his …show more content…
Throughout the play, there have been many deaths and as Act 5 goes on, Hamlet is continually getting one step closer to his own death. At the end of the play, King Hamlet, Polonius, Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, and Claudius are all dead and Hamlet knows he is about to die as well. Hamlet has been cut by a sword that had poison on the tip of it, and he saw his mother was poisoned and he knows he has been poisoned and is about to die. Fortunately for him, he was able to use the poisoned sword and cut Laertes as well, so both men are about to die. “O, I die, Horatio. The potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit. I cannot live to hear the news from England, But I do prophesy th’election lights On Fortinbras. He has my dying voice. So tell him, with th’occurrents more and less Which have solicited - the rest is silence. [Dies] Act 5, Scene 2, lines 367-373. After Hamlet dies, news comes and it is told that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead as well and there are all of the dead bodies lying on the floor. Before Hamlet dies, Laertes, who was struck with the poisonous sword as well, dies after asking if Hamlet can forgive him. Throughout the entirety of the fifth act of Hamlet, the theme of death is seen very often. From the death of Ophelia to Hamlet’s death, there are many people close to him that are dying. After Ophelia dies, then his mother dies and he has now lost the two women in his life

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