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Theme is a very important part of any work whether that work is a poem a short story a novel or even a play The theme incorporates a common idea emotion or item that is expressed throughout the work using different literary tools and styles Themes allow a reader to relate to the story learn a lesson or a moral or understand a point that an author is trying to get across In literature death is a predominant theme Death is a major part of any religion or worldview and every group handles it differently Death can be a celebration of afterlife for the deceased or a time of grieving for the loss of the deceased Funerals burials masses ceremonies and cremations are all events that could take place as a final closure to the deceaseds life Friends and family join together to support one another and remember their loved ones life Perhaps because death is such a big and dramatic aspect of our lives writers for centuries have incorporated death into their works Shakespeares Hamlet and Gilgamesh are both works that continue touch people profoundly after so many centuries because they both include this issue that touches all people in any time period - the anguish of loss and death of a human being Sometimes literary works can be solely based upon a death or they simply utilize death as a consistent theme in order to teach a lesson In both of these works the main character experiences the death of a loved one but the benefit of this occurrence is strength gained in their time of grief Gaimari 2 Hamlet is a very emotional play The characters are all very unique and are intertwined with one another in a way that one single event touches each person in a different way The story opens with a ghosts visit among a group of young men The reader soon realizes that this ghost is a
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