Understanding death in Hamlet.
What is the relationship between "a man's life" (V.ii.74) and "undiscovered country" (III.ii.78).© SolutionLibrary Inc. solutionlibary.com 9836dcf9d7 https://solutionlibrary.com/english-language-and-literature/literature-arts/understanding-death-in-hamlet-2im
...tion of the spies. Hamlet already had a pretty good idea of what the English trip was all about, so his having a copy of the royal seal, and some wax and paper, is no surprise (as he already indicated at the end of the bedroom scene). Surprisingly, Hamlet talks about reading and changing the letters on an impulse, and has a famous line, "There's a divinity that shapes our ends / Rough-hew them how we will." Rough-hew was to carve the basics of a woodcarving or sculpture, with the fine-shaping to follow. Horatio (who seems more inclined to faith in God than the other characters) agrees: "That is most certain." Since this doesn't make perfect sense with the plot, Shakespeare probably placed it here for philosophic reasons, especially given what is about to happen -- coincidences ("Providence"?) are going to work events out for Hamlet's cause. There seems to be some mysterious design behind life which makes things work out and gives life its meaning. Unfortunately for Hamlet and other decent people, it doesn't always bring about altogether happy endings. Still, it's grand being part of things. One can find similar ideas in Montaigne, Proverbs 16:9, and the modern Christian saying, "A person proposes, God disposes." Horatio remarks that it'll only be a short time before the king ...