Show how there is a preoccupation with death in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. (i.e. spiritual death, physical death, death of power)
Death is everywhere in this Shakespearian play. The deaths of Hamlet, Polonius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Claudius and Laertes --those known as the main characters--all follow the original death that put this play into action--Hamlet's father's death.
Not all of the deaths are meant to happen. There are deaths that are planned in advance. However, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius--thinking he was Claudius, and Gertrude is accidentally poisoned by Claudius--who meant to kill Hamlet with poisoned wine.
To say this play has a preoccupation with death is an understatement! As for the death of power--that would be a direct result from the greed that the men possess when trying to kill to become king.