Mystery Of Death In Hamlet

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Sometimes the unknown can seem scary, especially when it comes to the mystery of death. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet plots his revenge on his uncle, now king, Claudius. Claudius is the murder of Hamlet’s father, who was the king, and marries Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude. Because of his mother’s quick marriage after his father 's death and the fact his father was murdered, Hamlet acts crazy in order to help plot his revenge on his uncle. He wants his revenge to be is only focus, and in the process some innocent people end up dying. In Hamlet, there is a lot of death and contemplations between life and death. Because of this prominent aspect in the play, the mystery of death becomes on of the main themes seen throughout the play. Through Hamlet’s questions of what happens to the soul after death, the importance in confessions before…show more content…
The confession of sins before death plays a big role in Hamlet; it even prevents Hamlet from seeking revenge when he had a good chance. When the king is in a room by himself he seems to be confessing his sins, this gives Hamlet an opportunity for his revenge: “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; / And now I’ll do’t. And so he goes to heaven, / And so am I revenged. That would be scann’d” (III.III.79). It is believed that if a person confesses their sins before they die that they will go to heaven, so Hamlet believed that if he were to kill Claudius right then and there that he would go to heaven and not have any punishment for what he did to Hamlet’s father. At the end of the play this idea can be seen again when Laertes is getting ready to die: “Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet” (V.II.126). Because people believed they would have repercussions if they didn’t confess before death, Laertes makes sure to confess and make nice with Hamlet before he leaves the

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