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Sometimes it can be hard for a person to see the brighter side oftragic events especially if it involves death or losing a loved oneArthur Miller states that tragedy makes a person become more optimisticrather than a comedy While this can be proven true it can also turnout to be false which is shown in the plays Hamlet by WilliamShakespeare and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller In the playswhile the authors try to reinforce optimism in their audience neitherare successful in doing so Their failure to reinforce optimism is shownthrough the main characters of the plays and through secondarycharactersFirstly the way the authors portray the main characters does notreinforce optimism In Hamlet after King Hamlet dies Hamlet goes intodepression and his personality becomes dark Shakespeare writes Tis not alone my inky cloak good motherNor customary suits of solemn blackNor windy suspiration of forced breathNo nor the fruitful river in the eyeNor the dejected havior of the visageTogether with all forms moods shapes of griefThat can denote me truly These indeed seemFor they are actions that a man might playBut I have that within which passeth showThese but the trappings and the suits of woe Shakespeare 1277-86Hamlet shows readers of his fall into depression and how much hisfathers death impacts him When Hamlet says that nothing can expresshis sadness it reveals to readers that Hamlet is suppressing his truethoughts inside his mind rather than discussing it with another personBy keeping those dark thoughts within his mind he will become uncertainabout how the future will turn out due to all the negative thoughts inhis mind Eventually Hamlets negative thoughts cause Hamlet to godeeper into depression After having to break up with Ophelia Hamlet isdiscussing with himself on what his life means to him now ShakespearewritesTo be or not to be That is the questionTo die to sleep - No more - and by a sleep to say we endThe heartache and the thousand natural shocksThat
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