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Death the one appointment we all must keep and for which no time is set Charlie Chan Although many believe it to be ominous death signifies an end to this earthly and material life the life of which we are sure of Platos Phaedo and Shakespeares play Hamlet offer different perspectives on the life we are unsure of namely death or the afterlife Through the characters of Socrates and Hamlet readers are offered two contrasting outlooks on death On one side Hamlet is haunted by the fear of the unknown and leads his morality astray Inversely Socrates portrays a man who is relieved by the prospect of death Both Hamlet and Socrates demonstrate inherent differences in their internal characteristics but most notable difference is the characters contrasting outlooks on the meaning of life and deathSocrates considered the leader of philosophy WANTS to die because only in the afterlife will he be able to see the truth without the distractions of his body Hamlet on the other hand fears what will happen in the afterlife He would like to escape his life which at the moment is nothing short of depressing but he worries that the afterlife might prove to be a bad dream even worse than his life at this moment In Phaedo Socrates uses what he believes to be philosophical truths in order to convince his twice seven that the soul is eternal and the body corrupts it Therefore Socrates goes on to comment that any true philosopher would gladly face death because those who happen to have gotten in touch with philosophy in the right way devote themselves to nothing else but dying and being dead Phaedo 64A Only through death does one have the chance to separate the soul from the body and therefore experience the true Forms without the baggage that the bodily desires entail In contrast Hamlet struggles to face death upfront because of his fear of the afterlife
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