”An Undiscover’d Country”: Hamlet’s Infatuation With Death Have you ever wondered what happens to you when you kick the bucket? Will you still be the same person? Or is death really the great equalizer? Is it possible we all end up the same? Death is a very scary and lonely thing to think about, and nothing is a greater example of that than William Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Hamlet is infatuated with the idea of death and what it brings. With comments like, “To die: to sleep; / No more,” (Hamlet 3.1.61-62) and “we fat all/ Creatures else to fat us” (4.3.23-24), it is clear Hamlet has a very lonely and depressing view on what happens when you bite the dust. Hamlet’s fascination with death and dismal view on it are all evident throughout the whole play.
We start to learn that Hamlet has a bizarre fascination with death when, every other scene, he is talking how everyone will end up in the ground one way or another. “To be or not to be – that is the question” (3.1.57), is where it all starts off. From this famous speech to the end of the play, all Hamlet worries about is death. He continues to go on and on about how we will all become equal and starts to wonder what it is like to die. Hamlet often talks about self-murder, or suicide, and how it will affect his afterlife if he decided to do it.
HAMLET. O, that this too solid flesh would melt
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God! (1.2.129-132) Hamlet is obviously contemplating suicide here, but then he realized that he cannot go to Heaven if he commits suicide. Going to Hell is something that Hamlet does not want at all. This is obvious because, throughout the play, Hamlet thinks about killing himself, but he never does because he is scared to die, and even worse, scared to go to Hell.
The language that Hamlet uses to express death is very interesting. The way and how Hamlet talks about death all the time...
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