Theme Of Symbolism In Hamlet

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What is the role of symbolism in Hamlet?

Hamlet is a tragic drama piece written by William Shakespeare during the Jacobean era. The gloomy and melancholic preference of King James VI of the time sets the dark tone of this play. Hamlet is the longest and one of the most potent plays of Shakespeare. Also, throughout the years it has influenced many other works of art, such as “The Lion King”. The play is set in Denmark and takes place in the royal palace where Prince Hamlet sees the ghost of his dead father instructing him to revenge his murder made by his uncle Claudius, now the new husband of his mother, Gertrude, and the ruler of the throne of Denmark. Denmark is also in a feud with Norway and an invasion by Young Fortinbras is expected. At the same time, Hamlet is thought to be going insane. He is also in love with Ophelia, daughter of Polonius or the Lord of Chamberlain. Symbols have a significant role in this play in the sense that they help set the tone, the imagery and the theme of the play. This paper aims to discuss several symbols in the play, investigating their role and effect on the play. These symbols are Yorick’s skull, the graveyard, dust, poison and Ophelia’s flowers.
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Hamlet picks up the skull of Yorick and speaks to it, questioning death and life and what happens after life. Hamlet reaches the conclusion that no matter how hard anyone tries, they will end up dying eventually. Death is a part of live which is inevitable. Hamlet eventually realizes that no matter what kind of a life someone may lead, everybody dies and ends up in the same place after death – as mere dust. Here dust represents how simple and insignificant human life is. It also symbolizes death since according to some beliefs people are burnt down to their ashes, which could also be considered as
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