Hamlet and Death: A Recasting of the Play Within the Player

Hillman, Richard
September 1986
Essays in Literature;Fall86, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p201
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article presents an analysis of the knowledge of death as portrayed in the character of the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. It is accounted that the oppressive sense of physicality and organic imagery during the first soliloquy of the play establishes the basic premise of the main character's melancholy, showing an existence of meaningless. It is pointed out that the thematic connection of the meaningless of life and the presence of death is strong.


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