Uncertainty In Death In Hamlet

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Death is certain; the afterlife is not. In Hamlet many characters reminisce about death. Our protagonist, Hamlet, in particular is especially fascinated with the thought of suicide. He has trouble thinking of reasons as to why people even bother with life at all. Why go through the torments of the living when a knife will end your sorrows? Why are we afraid of death? Hamlet realizes that it’s because we don’t know what happens when we die. No one who dies ever returns, so we can not know what happens in the afterlife. Uncertainty in death is a major theme in Hamlet, and is the cause of many of Hamlet’s soliloquies. The death of characters in Hamlet is used as character development: the discovery of Yorick shows Hamlet we are all the same in

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