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In Hamlet Shakespeare uses the images to relate the play with a greater impact and a mystery of hidden meanings Among the images Shakespeare uses are that of death mainly the deaths of Old Hamlet Polonius Ophelia Laertes and Hamlet himself respectively--all of which highlights the tragedy that Hamlet suffers and diseases to portray the deteriorationcorruption not only of Denmark but also of the emotional and moral decay of the characters The play is set just two months after the death of the Old Hamlet In the beginning of the play Death comes to Denmark as the Ghost of Hamlets dead father appears to Marcellus Bernardo and to Horatio MAR Look where it comes againBER In the same figure like the king thats deadHOR Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy lifeFor which they say you spirits oft walk in deathSpeak of it Shakespeare 4 6 The son of Death so to speak follows Death in Denmark when Hamlet enters the scene in his customary suits of solemn black 10 Later on the Ghost the Death appears to its son Hamlet ironically the Ghost is in fact Hamlets real father and imparts the truth of his death to his son According to the Ghost himself his death in effect makes two things possible his wife Gertrude breaks free from her marriage to the Old King which enables Claudius his brother and murderer to marry her and for Claudius to ensure himself of the Danish crown These two things therefore provide the focal point of the play The young Hamlet is given a valid reason to be mad or to feign madness in order to avenge his fathers murder Death in Hamlet Being the son of Death it is no wonder then that Hamlet is so absorbed and fascinated with death Upon conversing with his dead father Hamlets mind becomes occupied with the death-provoking thought of proving the Ghosts words He hesitates to act because
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