Hamlet Figurative Language Analysis

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In the classic play, "Hamlet" the main character Hamlet suffers his father's death. As if this is enough to deal with, his Mother then quickly remarries to Hamlet's uncle. It is easy to imagine that this is hard to deal with. In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet reveals his complex thoughts of life and death by weighing the positives and negatives of each against each other through the use of figurative language. Due to the recent death of his father, and his Mother's marriage soon after, Hamlet has a very bleak outlook on life. In line 4, Hamlet uses a metaphor to reveal that living feels like he is fighting a "sea of troubles" through life. By this, readers see that he is constantly being battered by his problems that will eventually drown/kill him. Hamlet also uses personification in line 12 to show that he feels life his dragging him down like a heavy coil. He also calls this …show more content…

Death is a scary thing to Hamlet because nothing is really known about it. He says death "puzzles the will" in line 25 showing that if it weren't so uncertain his will would be to die. Because of the same uncertainty, he says "conscience does make cowards of us all" (line 28), reinstating that if he didn't have a conscience that made him scared of the uncertainty he would already be dead. He says sleep would end his heartache in lines 6-7, sleep being a euphemism for death. He also says he wished for death in lines 8-9. He goes back to his confusion of death in line 11, using a metaphor for death as sleep and "wondering" what "dreams" would come in such a sleep. In line 23, he says he "dreads something after death" which is left up to the imagination as he doesn't know what that something might be. He then uses another metaphor for death in lines 24-25, calling death an undiscovered country, and the dead non-returning travellers. By saying this, his uncertainty of death is reinforced once

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