Life After Death In Hamlet

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Death seems to be the only thing guaranteed in life. Even though we know death is an inevitable psychologically traumatic event, nothing can prepare those who are left behind.
After a loved one’s passing, it can affect a person physically, psychologically, and socially. Multiple cases of these effects can be found in the tragedy Hamlet, like how Ophelia and Hamlet find their own ways to grieve. In this drama, Shakespeare uses the effects of death and the moral deterioration of his characters to enhance the atmosphere of the play. Recurring accounts of death cause the main character, Hamlet, to question his beliefs on life after death. Many people, including mental health specialists, have failed to recognize the complete significance of the
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Old King Hamlet's ghost describes his death in Act I, Scene 5 of Hamlet by relating what really happened to him.King Hamlet’s ghost tells Hamlet that he died by his brother’s hand, which is treachery at its finest. He deprived the King of his life, his queen, his crown, and his kingdom. This haunts him greatly and Claudius’ murderous actions are responsible for this, as he cut the King’s life short when he still had things to resolve in his life. He says that what he will tell Hamlet will cause Hamlet to seek revenge. King Hamlet’s ghost informs Hamlet that he must, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murther.” (Murder.) He says that it was a “…Murther most foul.” These words cause Hamlet to feel the desire to seek revenge. He wants to know the true story of his father’s death and then he will speedily exact the revenge his father’s ghost…show more content…
Hamlet’s reaction to his father, King Hamlet's death, especially after he appears to Hamlet as a ghost and tells him he was murdered by Claudius, weighs heavily on Hamlet, leading him into a spiral of depression in which he contemplates suicide. "O that this too too solid flesh would melt;thaw and resolves itself into a dew . . . It is not, nor it cannot come to good. But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue."1.2.131-161 This quote, said by Hamlet, explains that after hearing of his father’s death, he no longer wishes to exist and wishes to simply disappear. This proves that death has many different effects, in this case the effect is sadness and despair. Hamlet feels suicidal and no longer has a desire to live. Hamlet asks himself if it is better to keep living or to end his life early. The idea of suicide surfaces as a result of Hamlet’s preoccupation with death. Although he seems to consider killing himself as an option, he does not act on this idea. Similarly, he does not act when he has the opportunity to kill Claudius and avenge the murder of his father. Hamlet contemplates suicide and weighs the consequences of his action. He ponders "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?" 3.1.57-62. As Hamlet

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