Melancholic Hamlet Essay

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Melancholic Hamlet  

Hamlet is a melancholic young man who does not value human life; however, he will do anything it takes to accomplish his main goal: revenge on Claudius for the death of his father. In his seven soliloquies we learn that Hamlet has become melancholic, violent, and suicidal. There are several incidences where these emotions are expressed. His melancholic attitude is very apparent in the second scene of Act I, when he suggests that his mother, in mourning his fathers death, is simply acting the part of a grief stricken widow, while he is a truly heart broken son. Another example from his first soliloquy of his melancholic state occurs when he discovers the rapid marriage of his mother and his uncle, where he finds himself both sad and mad at the fact that his mother could move on so quickly. Hamlet’s violent attitude can be blamed on the fact that his father was murdered and he wants revenge. An example of his violent attitude is in his sixth soliloquy where he sees the king praying in the church. Hamlet feels as though he should just kill him in that same instance, but then decides not to. Another instance of his violent behavior is when he sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths and feels no remorse in doing so. Hamlet’s suicidal state can be accounted for because he is a confused young man. Throughout the play his father had been murdered, his mother almost instantly re-married, he himself had gone mad, and thus he is confused because he has so many negative feelings towards himself and the easiest way out is suicide. Another example occurs in his forth soliloquy when he reasons whether suicide would be the better and quicker solution. All of Hamlet’s emotions cause him to have a clouded vision on his main goal, he needs to free his mind of these feelings, because he will act without thinking and will fail to accomplish his goal.

Hamlet’s melancholic emotions are very apparent throughout the play. When Hamlet states, "’Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected havior of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, …/…/…/"(Act I; ii ; 77-86) he is extremely melancholic because he realizes that his mother is simply acting the part of a grief stricken widow while he is truly a heart broken son. A second portrayal of his melancholic emotion is when he learns that his mother is going to marry his uncle. In this scene Hamlet is both mad and sad that his mother could move on so quickly, "frailty, thy name is woman."(Act I; ii ; 146) These feelings of being mad and sad are also shown when he says, "Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven."(Act I; ii ; 181-182) Here Hamlet is saying that he wishes that he had met his worst enemy in paradise than witness his mother’s wedding. Do to these events that occurred...

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