Death can be harsh. Death can be punishing. Death can be for the most, sad. As most people see death, it brings tough and hard emotions to their minds. Most dont understand that death should be celebrated. They believe that once they die they never see them again. This idea that death is the end, has haunted the human life for all of eternity. Death brings cold thoughts to a person, which makes them miserable. The passing away of a beloved person, can be extremely dangerous through the different ideas and attitudes that come with death. This is what came to be in the play Hamlet. The characters put their emotion into death and some of the different out puts toward death were surprising. Throughout Hamlet, the attitudes toward death are astonishing between the characters the Ghost, Claudius, and Hamlet.
The ghost had an obvious approach towards death. For instance, when he visited Hamlet telling him how he was murdered, he states, Doomed…till the foul crimes done in my days are burnt and purged away. (I:v:15-18) Suppressed by death, the Ghost felt abhorrence of the harsh evilness that he had to go through. He also showed his anger for the process of passing away, and deaths backstabbing ways. In addition, when he explained to Hamlet his murder, he exclaims, …by a brothers hand of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched…O horrible, O horrible, most horrible!(I:v:81-87) Here, the ghost implied that he loved life, and tells how easily death, in general, can bring you down to an all time low emotional state. An analogy to prove this is that the ghost felt his life was complete, so in the analogy he is sitting around a room with all of his goods around him. Then a glass box falls on top of him and he cannot have his goods anymore, although he can see them all and want them so much. There is no doubt that the feelings of death of the ghost were quite low and hated.
King Claudius had an uncertain view on what he thought death of. For example, after the king sees the play, he admits that he killed Hamlets father for, My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. (III:iii:59) Claudius felt that death was his only way to power, and power, to him, was like being a god. He just saw death as a little spec in the way, thus meaning he believes deceasing isnt that big of a deal. Also, when he and Laertes were discussing how they were going to take out Hamlet, he proclaimed, And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe. (IV:vii:74) This again proved his light-mindedness on the subject of death. He believed that dying wasnt that big of a deal, and he didnt see the importance and meaning of a human life. His pride and insensitivity brought his terrible view on death.
Hamlet had the most deep and emotional view on death. In this case, Hamlet is discussing the pros and cons of death and life, and he stormed, To die, to sleep…perchance to dream…for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil. (III:i:72-75)He feared death only because of the hardships and human affairs that came upon him during life. As his anger stirs, he doesnt want them to pass with him onto the after life. Moreover, as Hamlet and the Captain are discussing death when the army of Norway is passing through, Hamlet indicated, This is th impostume of much wealth and peace, that inward breaks and shows no cause without why man dies. (IV:iv:28-30) Contradicting king Claudiuss views of death, Hamlet brought up how mens consciences are what are bringing death to men, and how wrong that is. He believes death is a serious subject that shouldnt be taken so lightly. Showing much feeling, Hamlet is sensitive towards death, which differentiates him with the other characters.
Nonetheless, there is no doubt there were some strong and different views on death between the different characters of Hamlet. Death was the weakness that brought the tragedy of so many lives in this book. The tragedy could have easily been avoided if all of the characters had the view of death that Hamlet had. As was said before that death is a quite dangerous and serious subject, this seriousness came to pass in this story, which led to its horrendous ending. There are many morals that can be learned from the play Hamlet. The main and most important idea is to stay calm when death comes upon a loved one and not to take such serious action. This moral can improve the human race and make the race less ambitious, and harsh for time and all eternity.