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The Rage Of Hamlet In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In William Shakespeare’s play “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, though the protagonist Hamlet pretends to be mad as he seeks revenge for the murder of his father, he is suffering from depression and a barely contained rage towards the people closest to him as revealed in his treatment of Gertrude and Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Polonius and Claudius. The barely concealed rage he feels towards his mother, lover, friends and uncle leads to their death and his own. This bitterness towards everyone makes his conversations with other characters seem to be very cold, especially towards his mother, Gertrude, and Ophelia.
Hamlet’s behavior towards Ophelia and Gertrude shows his contempt and distrust of women. Though Hamlet loves his mother, “O heart, lose not thy nature” (1363), he is wounded and flabbergasted by her hasty marriage. He says, “Frailty, thy name is woman”, meaning that he views women as morally weak creatures (1316). His inference of innate womanly weakness is exemplified in Ophelia. When she follows her father’s instructions to not “give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet”, she turns her back on their love (1322). She even attempts to deceive Hamlet when he asks of her the whereabouts of her father. Ophelia’s ability to easily lie to her lover and cast him aside and Gertrude’s hasty marriage so soon after the death of his father leads Hamlet to the belief that brief is “woman’s love” (1357). Hamlet’s treatment of both woman, seemingly cold, cruel, and at times, vulgar, is merely to camouflage his anger and pain at being a spurned lover and abandoned son.
Friends are expected to comfort one in times of grief, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two of Hamlet’s closest friends. Yet instead of comforting Hamlet in his time of sorrow, they seek to gain favor...

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