The Dark Humor of Hamlet
Hamlet's black humor is a direct result of too much anger: it leads to the alienation, and finally the death of the people who know him, and eventually causes his own death. First, Hamlet's reaction his mother's marriage right after Old Hamlet's funeral shows that his anger alienates him from his mother. Second, his reaction to Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is his indirect anger to the world, because Hamlet feels that everyone is betraying and using him. Lastly, the anger towards Gertrude is expressed in conversations with Ophelia which eventually leads to her death.
Hamlet tells Horatio that the food served in the funeral will be the same served in his mother's wedding. " The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables." (Act 1, Scene 11, Line 180) It shows that Hamlet is really disturbed about his mother marrying his uncle the day after his father's death. Later on in the story, he loses his temper with his mother. "Mother, for your love of grace, Lay not the flattering unaction to your soul, That not your trespass but my madness speaks." (Act 111, Scene 1V, Line 146)
Both Polonius and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are good examples of Hamlet insulting them when they were caught spying on him. When Polonius meets Hamlet, he indirectly insults Polunius. First he asks if Polonius is a fish monger when Polonius is a Lord Chamberlain. For example; "You are a fishmonger." ( Act 11, Scene 11, Line 174) Secondly, he indirectly tells Polonius he's not intelligent, because he's old. ".....yet I hold it honestly to have it thus set down, for your yourself, sir, should be old as I am if, like a crab, you could go backward." (Act 111, Scene 11, Line 200) It leads him to accidently kill Polonius when he meant to kill Claudius. "Oh I am slain." (Act 111, Scene 1V, Line 27) When Hamlet catches Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spying on him on behalf of Claudius, he tells them that they're easily controlled and used by the king. "When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again." (Act 1V, Scene 11, Line 18) Later...