Asked • 06/27/19

The meaning of "The rest is silence" in "Hamlet"?

Hamlet's very last words are > The rest is silence. What do they actually mean? This being Shakespeare, I reckon the significance of these words cannot be only the banal comparison between death and silence. I wonder if these words have a theological connotation, too, which would not be surprising at all when we learn, early on in the play, that Hamlet was a student at Wittenberg, where Luther himself also studied.

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Heather W. answered • 06/28/19

Literature instructor, specializing in Shakespeare

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