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... and the Tragedy of Life For many, the scene where Hamlet was holding Yoricks skull in the gravedigger scene is one of the most iconic tableaux of the Shakespearean tragedies. It provided the audience from the lens of the hero a reading of Shakespeare view on life. "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well" began a monologue that demonstrated the Shakespearean version of the so-called vanitas imagery wherein beauty and, in the scenes case, life are brought together with their impending disappearance, thus, depicting Shakespeares philosophy of life and its meaning.
In examining the elements of the scene, there is the case of Yorick. As Hamlet contemplates his skull, he was revolted, "My gorge rises at it." ...