Essay on William Shakespeare 's Hamlet And The Twelfth Night

1225 Words May 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Themes are universal lessons and subjects in a piece of writing or book. Both Hamlet and the Twelfth Night have universal themes. The two plays teach valuable lessons throughout the actions going on. Readers are able to recognize themes throughout the plays based on the specific characteristics of each of the plays. The two books have some clear differences. The Twelfth Night was written in 1601 while Hamlet was written in 1599. The different times of being written can allow the reader to recognize different themes in each of the plays. Hamlet is a tragedy and a the Twelfth Night is a Comedy. Hamlet was set in Denmark while the Twelfth Night was set in the imaginary Dukedom of Illyria. The different genres also lead readers to determine the themes. Even though the plays are very different and have many different themes, they share one theme in common.
Some major themes in Hamlet are mortality, revenge, and lies and deception. The first theme, mortality, refers to the question asked “If we all die eventually, does it really matter who kills us?” Hamlet is very concerned with death and encounters it often in the story. “To be or not to be—that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And, by opposing, end them” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1). In the quote, Hamlet is questioning why people do not commit suicide. The second theme is revenge. Hamlet questions the…

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