Central Themes in "Hamlet"
An analysis of various central scenes in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet".
# 154176 | 794 words | 1 source | 2015
Published on Apr 21, 2015
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From the Paper:"Hamlet's scene involving gravediggers amalgamates elements of comic relief with seriousness. Additionally, the scene explores various major themes of the play. Some of the themes explored by this scene include the disparagement of religion, the central issue of mortality and tragedy. The scene also allows the audience or reader to observe Hamlet's antic temperament and pragmatism. Prior to this scene, the audience encounters a series of tragic events. For example, Polonius dies in Claudius's chamber, which causes Claudius to instruct Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to travel with Hamlet to England. Ophelia' madness and Laertes's arrival, as well as Hamlet's impending entrance to deal with the tragedies signify the seriousness of the situation. However, the gravediggers offer relief to an otherwise impending situation, while intensifying the expectations of the audience.
"The universality of death is explored greatly in this scene. In their discussions, the gravediggers portray to the audience that religion is inequitable is therefore, unreliable. His realization makes Hamlet's philosophy about death and religion pointless. In a small way, the gravediggers perform a symbolic role that represents the emptiness and despair of Hamlet's status. The gravediggers remind the audiences that death affects everyone, regardless of their standing. As such, death ceases to be a somber and mysterious concept as per Hamlet's 'to be or not to be' reflection (Shakespeare 36).
"Following the encounter with the gravediggers Hamlet uncovers Yorick's skull, an old friend and jester. After all his contemplation of death, he finally faces it in real life. Here, he contemplates the universality of mortality and the egotism of daily life. At the same time, he remembers Alexander the Great and realizes that all human beings eventually suffer similar fates."
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