Hamlet- Suicide Essay
William Shakespeare discloses death defining words in Hamlet's response to Horatio to emphasize Hamlet's suggestion of death (5.2. 337-343).
Similarly, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the next two characters to reflect upon death. They were first introduced in the play as Hamlet's friends, but unexpectedly betray him and surface with Claudius (2.2.225-227). Claudius orders Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to advise Hamlet to England considering he arranges for Hamlet's murder (3.3.4-7). In his arrangement, Claudius illustrates imagery, "Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage, for we will fetters put about this fear, which now goes too free-footed" (3.3.24-26). In the portrayal Claudius refers to Hamlet as a poorly treated prisoner shackled at the ankles (3.3.25). Hamlet intercepts Claudius letter to England and replaces his own name for his two deceitful friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (5.2.48-54). Once the two men arrive in England, they are killed (5.2.360-63). The death of these two men results from their own actions. From betrayal, to dishonesty and deception towards Hamlet their lies corrupt their euphoria and