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In Christian faith, death is not necessarily dying; One’s physical body no longer functions, however, we are introduced to eternal life in which is when a person’s soul leave one’s body and goes hand in hand with God in heaven. If one has lived a virtuous life, they are declared the ultimate gift, resurrecting to place of peace, tranquility, and forgiveness. However, if one declares a life full of extreme evil and sin, going against the words of God without regret, their souls will leave their body at death and descend into Hell. In Hamlet, Queen Gertrude exposes herself to the sin of gluttony, an excessive appetite for something, not always food or drink. The Queen’s rapid decision to marry into the Kingdom shorty after her husband’s death expresses her strong appetite for power. Which, soon progresses into lust for Claudius as Hamlet says:             Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on, and yet within a month -Let me not think on’t. Frailty thy name is woman (1.2.143-146)Queen Gertrude, ironically dies of a poisoned drink. This death is ironic because she dies at the hand of Claudius, as the drink was intentionally for him, and gluttony can also be the over excessive indulgence of drinking. No one sin is worse than another, but the consequence if one does not feel sincere regret for going against Christianity is, in most extreme cases, death. If the Queen feels no remorse for the evil she has inflicted upon herself and others in life at her time of death, she will go to hell. Unfortunately, it is it is possible to suddenly, or with time showing no care for God’s forgiveness. Without remorse, forgiveness cannot be granted, in which one is at risk of an unforgivable sin. This becomes possible when a person turns their cheek to God, usually out of anger or disappointment. The Christian concept of death also occurs in Hamlet through Ophelia. It is not certain exactly how she died, but most likely suicide due to the fact the church could not allow her a funeral because she took her life. She shows conflicts with many characters in the play, including herself. Ophelia’s life consists of manipulation and pressure to living her life a different way then she might want to, by those around her. With an ongoing battle of what she should and should not do, Ophelia’s drowning proposes that she might have been suffering enough to want to end it all. Taking final control of her life in her death as she exclaims:O, woe is me; To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!’ (3.1.161-162)Ophelia drowns in a river, which can symbolize the first act of coming to know God, Baptism. If she felt a sense of relief and happiness with her life at the time of death than it might have all been worth it. A difficult situation or a failed relationship, in Ophelia’s case, leads to unhappiness that won’t go away and what feels like an eternity of misery. Through the pain and suffering others may have caused her, God reminds us that at the end of it all we only have ourselves. In Christianity, suicide is considered to be a mortal sin. Your life is a gift from God and to destroy it goes against all he has done to create it. Coming to know Jesus Christ in life takes time, but brings overall positivity in which one can get through each day knowing everything happens for a reason. Although, it is sometimes not that easy. If Ophelia tries to find meaning in her life but fails, God may seek forgiveness in her afterlife. However, if she simply quit trying to find a soul purpose because she could not find happiness with herself and others, she has gone against Christianity.

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