Hamlet- Suicide Essay

2467 Words Aug 6th, 2005 10 Pages
William Shakespeare's Hamlet- Signifying Death Regardless of a person's age or literary preference it is undeniable that William Shakespeare had a flair for composing dramatic tragedies. Tragedy, when evident is a powerful underlining theme which portrays the qualities of the human capacity. In one of Shakespeare's most brilliant plays, Hamlet, tragedy is portrayed through the protagonist's constant contemplation of suicide. Shakespeare often alludes to powerful images of death by using pathos and bereavement in life to be inconsequential. In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare produces a tragedy which illustrates the suggestion of suicide and the imagery of death as solutions to problems through Ophelia's demise, the minor …show more content…
William Shakespeare's imagery in Hamlet's response, The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit: I cannot live to hear the news from England, but I do prophesy the election lights on Fortinbras: he has my dying voice; so tell him, with the occurents, more and less, which have solicited. The rest is silence (5.2.342-48).
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

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