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Throughout the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Hamlet discusses death in several different ways His ultimate mission throughout the play is to avenge the death of his father Hamlets uncle Claudius poisoned his father and took the throne During the time leading up to the moment of him finally assassinating Claudius Hamlet contemplates death and its consequences He considers suicide and he ponders about the afterlife both physically and spiritually Hamlet considers suicide at times during the play In his To be or not to be soliloquy Hamlet elaborates on suicide and whether or not it is something for him On one hand suicide is a release from the burdens and hardships of life an end to the heartache and thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to III i 61-63 It is a cowards way to escape difficulties in life Any man can kill himself if he really wants to For a man to kill himself when faced with adversity or difficulties in life is a sign that that person is weak in mind and at heart and is a coward When people are confronted with troubles they can not always escape them by suicide They need to suck it up stay tough and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune III i 57-58 On top of this nobody knows what exists after death Death is an undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns III i 79-80 This idea of uncertainty towards the afterlife and its true nature causes people to refrain from suicide and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of III i 82-82 In the end Hamlet decides to bear the whips and scorns of time III i 70 and to continue on in his mission to kill Claudius Hamlet spends a fair amount of time speculating about the
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