Dark And Dreary In Hamlet

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In the dark and dreary play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the ever consistent theme of the purpose of life, self-destruction, and the ambiguous afterlife runs through the entirety of the play with very few fragments of (forcefully) bright and cheerful spots. With the questioning of both life and death present, it is natural and expected to have props within the play that symbolize these two companions, the most prominent one being a skull. Although a physical skull doesn’t arrive in the play until the last act, its presence and Hamlet’s deep speculation over the skull’s meaning polishes off the entire theme, and also foreshadows the events to come at the end of the play. When thinking of the play Hamlet, one may imagine a man in black garbs

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