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What is the central theme of Hamlet?

The play Hamlet’s major theme is death. It is the death of the King Hamlet that triggers the events in the play one after another. When the Prince Hamlet hears about the news of his father’s death, he comes back to Denmark.

What is the big picture Hamlet is describing?

Shakespeare makes it clear that Hamlet is a deep-thinking character whose mind ponders many “big-picture” questions, such as the matter of human existence, suicide, and religion.

What is imagery in Hamlet?

Shakespeare uses much imagery to describe Hamlet’s sadness and suicidal thoughts, as he feels his mother has betrayed “so excellent a king” (Shakespeare, I, ii, 139). Later in the play, additional imagery is used to further the theme of betrayal, as Hamlet cries to his mother of her poor choice to remarry.

What do flowers symbolize in Hamlet?

Ophelia uses flowers as symbols of her deep sorrow and grief. She is very upset because her father, Polonius, has just been killed by Hamlet. Pansy: the symbol for thoughts and faithfulness. Ophelia then says, “And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”

What is the theme of Hamlet’s third soliloquy?

In his third soliloquy, Hamlet berates himself for his indecision, his inaction, and his cowardice. The theme of this soliloquy is Hamlet’s depression. At this point, Hamlet decides to take action cleverly.

Is Hamlet pessimistic or optimistic?

Hamlet is showing his pessimistic side in him in this soliloquy. Hamlet shows here his anger that he has to himself for not taking yet revenge against his father’s killer. He’s basically saying in this quote that he has no courage.

What was the rumor that was given out to Denmark regarding the King’s death?

It was given out by Claudius that a serpent had stung him; but young Hamlet had shrewd suspicions that Claudius himself was the serpent; in plain English, that he had murdered him for his crown, and that the serpent who stung his father did now sit on the throne.