The Morality Of Suicide In Shakespears's Hamlet

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According to International Suicide Statistic, over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year. The global suicide rate is 16 per 100,000 population. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. Global suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years. It seems that the characters found that the simplest and best way of avoiding life struggles is through suicide. This is reflected in Shakespears’ Hamlet where Hamlet, the main character were asked by his father’s ghost to seek revenge for him. Suicide can be analyzed through several perspectives mainly religion, moral and aesthetic which underlined the theme of the whole story. Suicide is, arguably, a uniquely fascinating topic. In the aftermath…show more content…
As it shows in the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy (III.i.56–88), it is the most famous soliloquy among others. It is said to be the most powerful and logical examination of the moral legitimacy of suicide as it touches on not only the suicide theme but also other several themes in Hamlet. “To be, or not to be” simply means to live or not to live as Hamlet is talking about the concept of living and dying. He wonders that is it nobler to choose to suffer during life rather than commiting suicide. Hamlet continues to give use his logic mind by comparing death to sleep and thinks of the stop to the suffer and pain and to the uncertainty it might show up, “the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks / That flesh is heir to.” Based on this, Hamlet agrees to the fact that suicide is a desirable action, “a consummation / Devoutly to be wished.” However, the word “devoutly” shows that there is something else, brings to the question of what is going to happen after death. He then realised that it it not suitable to compares death to sleep as death has the uncertainty of afterlife while sleep consist of dreams which are just

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