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Hamlet's Acceptance of Death
Transcript of Hamlet's Acceptance of Death
Full Rejection Act 1 Scene 2 That it should come (to this)
But two months dead - nay, not so much, not two.
So excellent a King, that was to this
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly, Heaven and Earth,
Must I remember?
(Lines 141-148) In this quote, the audience sees Hamlet
think of his father's death for the first time.
Of course, we see Hamlet ONLY thinking
of death as cruel, and unnatural. Act 1 Scene 2 He was a man. Take him for all in all
I shall not look upon his like again.
(Lines 195-196) In these lines, we once again see Hamlet emphasing how terrible the loss of his father is. Act 1 Scene 4 Horatio: Do not, my lord. (Follow the ghost)
Hamlet: Why, what should be the fear?
I do not set my life at a pin's fee....
...It waves me forth again. I'll follow it.
(Lines 72-76) Hamlet has shown some acceptance for death by stating he is not afraid of it. However, Hamlet is also in a suicidal state, so his life isn't truly meaningful either. Act 2 Scene 2 You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal—except my life, except my life, except my life
(Lines 232-235) Hamlet is telling Polonius that the only thing Polonius could take that has much meaning, is Hamlet's life. Hamlet is accepting that death WILL come to him, however he is again showing that he is indifferent to his own life. Act 2 Scene 2 Do you hear, let them be well used, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time. After your death you werebetter have a bad
epitaph than their ill report while you live.
(Lines 549-552 Hamlet continues his thinking of death as a consequence for worldly actions, but this time thinks of how remembrance plays a role in death Act 3 Scene 1 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 to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?
(Lines 64-68) The first few lines of the famous soliloquoy show Hamlet only thinking of death as an escape of sorrow. He isn't thinking of it as a natural milestone in life. Act 3 Scene 1 To die, to sleep—
No more—and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished!
(Lines 68-72 Hamlet's next lines of the solilguoy bring his acceptance of death to an all time low. He is stating that death is merely an escape of human sorrow; nothing more. Act 3 Scene 3 A villain kills my father, and, for that,
I, his sole son, do this same villain send
Oh, this is hire and salary, not revenge.
He took my father grossly, full of bread,
With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.
And how his audit stands who knows save heaven?
(Lines 81-87) In these lines, the audience sees Hamlet believing that he will choose Claudius' fate after death. This lacks acceptance because Hamlet fails to realize that he isn't in control of the afterlife, or FULLY in control of Claudius's death. (It could come by other means) Act 3 Scene 4 Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell.
I took thee for thy better. Take thy fortune.
Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger.
(to GERTRUDE) Leave wringing of your hands. Peace. Sit you down
And let me wring your heart.
(Lines 38-42) This quote is roughly on the same level as the last about Hamlet's attempt to control Claudius. This time, Hamlet shows little remorse for Polonius's death, again thinking that death is in his control. Act 4 Scene 2 The body’s with the king, but the king’s not with the body. The king’s a thing...
...Of nothing. Bring me to him. Hide, fox, and all after.
(Lines 27-31) Hamlet's claim that the body is completely meaningless
shows ignorance that people may be remembered in their
deaths. Act 4 Scene 3 Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.
(Lines 34-35 Hamlet is showing acceptance that all things die, and that all things will turn to dust equally. Act 4 Scene 4 How all occasions do inform against me,
And spur my dull revenge! What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused.
(Lines 34-41) In these lines, Hamlet contemplates the difference between animals and humans. This contemplation ties into the previous quotes' admittance that all living turn to dust. Act 5 Scene 1 Has this fellow no feeling of his business?
He sings at grave- making.
(Lines 67-68) Hamlet is seeing death as a horrific thing in this scene and can not understand how the gravedigger can sing while performing his job. Act 5 Scene 1 Alas, poor Yorick! I
knew him, Horatio,...
(Lines 190-191) In this famous speech, Hamlet finally sees that all must die, and lose the qualities they had in life. The symbolism of Hamlet holding the skull also shows his "grasp" of death, as well as how close it is. Act 5 Scene 2 O, I die, Horatio.
The potent poison quite o'ercrows my spirit.
I cannot live to hear the news from England.
But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras. He has my dying voice.
So tell him, with th' occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.
(Lines 389-395) In Hamlet's dying words, he shows fear of death, but finally shows acceptance by thinking of the future of the kingdom and making a decision before passing. Progress of the Play Hamlet's Acceptance of Death Final Thesis: Hamlet's refusal to accept death was the ultimate cause of his insanity, which was "cured" with acceptance.