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"Death in Hamlet"

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Missy Bauman

on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of "Death in Hamlet"

Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare
focuses on the theme of death. He
explains death is a weakness, but
inevitable as human. Hamlet Death as a Release from Life - It's a release from life through the to be or not to be speech.

- It is shown through Ophelia's death because she is released from her insanity.

-Also shown through Claudius' death.

Corruption in the Grave Hamlet's Action and Inaction Hamlet’s inaction and action related to the deaths of the other characters.

Hamlet’s actions because of how he views each of these deaths. Waste of Life -King Hamlet was robbed of his life, cheated -Hamlet is inactive because of his father’s death.


-Hamlet admires his father and sees his father’s death as a waste of life.


-“‘A was a man, take him for all in all; I shall not look upon his like again.” - Hamlet Setting
-death and uncertainty
-dark and dismal "Rot"
-"Something is rotten..."
- Hamlet's garden
- King Hamlet's death Ophelia
-Corrupt relationship
-Controversial death
-Lack of closure King Hamlet
-Killed in the midst of his sins
-Tormented ghost -Little value Hamlet has of life in the "to be or not to be" soliloquy, his wish to die -Hamlet acting mad towards Polonius, starting to
value his life -Hamlet feels awful about forgetting Yorick in
his death-- he believes people are forgotten
after death -Realizes his love for Ophelia after
she dies; Love helps him realize
that death is wasting life He begins to see death as a release of life for himself.

•He is conflicted between action and inaction in many of his soliloquies.

•“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.” – Hamlet Hamlet sees death as corruption in the grave when Ophelia dies.

•Brings about action in Hamlet.

•He begins to show emotion, and takes action at Ophelia’s funeral.

•“I lov’d Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers
Could not with all their quantity of love
Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” - Hamlet Hamlet's Character Development Death is a release from life

-Hamlet is seen as childish because he whines about how bad his life is

"To die, to sleep;/To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub:/For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,/When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,/Must give us pause-There’s the respect/That makes calamity of so long life" (III, I, 64-69).

- Quote further develops Hamlet’s character as very depressed to the point of suicidal

-Thinking this way also develops him as unfeeling King Hamlet’s Death

"‘A took my father grossly, full of bread,/With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May; (III, iii, 80-81)"

-The truth about his father’s death leads Hamlet to say he will take on an antic disposition, showing that at this point in the play it is just a disposition

-Develops Hamlet’s character by showing how much he truly loved his father

- Also shows he is vengeful towards Claudius

- Show how he can be sly and deceiving through his use of the antic disposition

-Eventually leads to the discovery of Hamlet’s flaw: his inability to act Death of Polonius

-Hamlet’s rash actions are the reason that Polonius’s death was so secretive and corrupt

- Hamlet acts without thinking-maybe it wasn’t just a disposition after all?

-Reinforces his need for revenge because he thinks it is Claudius behind the curtain

-"Is it the king? (III, iv, 26)"

- Eventually develops Hamlet’s character as loved by the public Ophelia’s Burial

-"Who is this they follow?/And with such maimed rites? (V, i, 203)"

- Develops Hamlet as curious

- Hamlet really did love Ophelia

-Further reinforces that it was just a disposition

- Shows how Hamlet’s actions are ruled by emotion Death is A Waste of Life

-Hamlet’s character in act V contrasts his character from act III

- Once he sees how death treats people, he doesn’t complain about how bad life is

- Develops Hamlet’s philosophical nature

- Realizes he shouldn’t have joked about his father being forgotten

-Hamlet feels ashamed that he forgot about Yorick

- He hath bore me on/his back a thousand times, and now-how abhorred in my imagination it is. My gorge rises at it. (V, I, 170-172) Thank you for listening Question

If Hamlet had acted earlier, could lives have been saved?
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