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In the play Hamlet the protagonist Hamlet is obsessed with the idea of death and during the course of the play he contemplates death from numerous perspectives He ponders the physical aspects of death as seen with Yorickss skull his fathers ghost as well as the dead bodies in the cemetery Hamlet also contemplates the spiritual aspects of the afterlife with his various soliloquies Emotionally Hamlet is attached to death with the passing of his father and his estranged lover Ophelia Death surrounds Hamlet and forces him to consider the notion from various points of view The subject matter though grave is dealt with in various ways from humor and fear to resentment and philosophy Characters question the nature of death and wonder about its implications to the person who has died as well as for those who are left behind By the end of the play Hamlet and the reader ultimately come to several realizations concerning death including its uncertainty its equality its inevitability and its legacy Conclusions opinions and beliefs are all found in Hamlet in respect to death Prince Hamlet goes through an incredible journey as he attempts to answer questions related to death including his own role in the deaths of others such as Ophelia so-called friends a spy and his own family Confronted with his fathers ghost and given such an enormous task of revenge Hamlet struggles to come to terms with death and dying with life and living In Ophelia it is noticed that living can grow to be too miserable as disappointment despair and loss spiral her into madness and eventually suicide In Claudius it is seen how a treacherous life can become so intricate that it consumes itself And in Hamlet it is seen how a life full of burden and expectation can at times be too heavy to lift Is death then an escape Did Ophelia take her own life to end her misery Is such
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