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Death is an integral part of life and is present in most literature including Hamlet William Shakespeares Hamlet takes death to the extreme the reader is always kept thinking about death This is illustrated through the ghost of former King Hamlet the premature demise of Ophelia and the mass death at the end of the play There are elements of death everywhere throughout the play and the reader is always aware of the element of death The ghost of the former King Hamlet Sr is a character who stays in the mind of the reader throughout the play The reader is required to contemplate the ghosts death and his current state in the after-life This is the first time in Hamlet that the reader is subject to the topic of death The appearance of the Kings ghost is an indication that many deaths may follow throughout the play The ghost actually gives a message to young Hamlet that he should go out and avenge his fathers death The King remarks Let not the royal bed of Denmark be A couch for damned luxury and incest Shakespeare I v He is telling him that he should go out and retake the thrown by whatever means necessary This is a signal to the reader that more death will ensue throughout the play and that their mind will not be taken off the topic of death Along with the appearance of the ghost the death of young Ophelia also contributes in Hamlet Laertes found it hard to come to terms with the death of his sister One is quick to realize that the death of Ophelia will accelerate the amount of deaths in the play King Claudius sees her death as a perfect opportunity for Hamlet to be killed as there is now motive for Laertes to kill him Hamlet is responsible for the deaths of both Polonius and Ophelia so Laertes desires to seek revenge for
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