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Hamlet issues Shakespeare in his famous work Hamlet conveys many issues that people have to deal with in todays world Issues that force the protagonist Hamlet to make life or death decisions on what to do with his outrageous fortune Using the theme of appearance versus reality throughout the play Shakespeare has several issues that he talks about Six of these are friendship vs crown Ghost good or evil man vs self a fear of action by Hamlet despite having the knowledge that Claudius killed King Hamlet and his inadequate knowledge of knowing what to do with his mother whom he detestes for being unfaithful and full of incest while his dead father tells him to let her be and to let heaven decide her fate However Hamlets problem of being unsure about whether or not to do away with his horrendous life brings up the principal issue of life versus death Hamlet starts off the play in a depression a depression that was not directly caused by the murder of his father by his uncle Instead it was caused by his mothers incest and her lack of mourning for his father and her immediate marriage to his uncle Claudius Hamlet wishes that his sullied flesh would melt thaw and resolve itself into a dew However Hamlet refuses to commit suicide due to Gods canon gainst self slaughter He wants to die to end his own life not for his fathers death which he still considers the bite of a viper- though he does have a suspicion about Claudius- but for the incest of his mother It shames him and wants to have his flesh melt which creates and excellent word picture It also shows exactly how much shame the sad Hamlet is feeling To him honor is life and life is honor Without honor he can not live as dishonor is one of the worst things that can happen to him Thus his
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