More common than thought to be.

Hamlet and Suicide

"O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!"(664).

This is a good example of how Hamlet thought of solving his situation. Hamlet struggles with this idea because he believes that suicide is a sin. He later speaks in a manner with some underlying ability of moving on.

"To be, or not to be: That is the uestion: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer/The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them" (697).

Hamlet again speaks of death but this time it does not seem that he is so firm on suicide being the only answer. This story from Shakespeare seems to be the opening into showing one's emotions on the inside without being afraid to do so.

Oedipus and Suicide

"O light, let this be the last time I look on you" (738).

Oedipus is using light to explain that he does not want to live anymore. He sees himself as such a disgrace that he gouges out his own eyes. He did not want to live anymore after he found out that the prophecy came true, his wife committed suicide, and his children's lives were ruined because they were inbred.


Suicide is not just something that is contained within one generation. It happened back in Shakespeare's and Sophocles days just as it does in today's world. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly and if someone knows someone who is suicidal they should receive help immediately. And for those who mock people who think of suicide, raise your hand if you've never thought of the world without you in it. At my school we are told that 1 out of 6 students seriously contemplate suicide while 3 out of 6 students have thought about not existing in a suicide way. As adults the numbers almost double as 2 out of 6 have seriously contemplated and 5 out of 6 have thought about not existing.

The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Ed. Martin Puchner. 3rd ed. Vol. A. New York: W. W. Norton &, 2012. 738. Print.

The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Ed. Martin Puchner. 3rd ed. Vol. C. New York: W. W. Norton &, 2012. 664, 697. Print.

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