The Cause of Hamlets Depression in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, it is evident to see that the biggest problem affecting Hamlet is the situation he finds himself in. Hamlet mistreats everyone around him. He imposes the pain of the loss of his father on the people in his life. Hamlet has no one to turn to for comfort when his father passes away. Hamlet is not crazy, even though he chooses to feign madness in order to get back at his uncle for the death of his father. Gertrude is also one of the reasons why Hamlet goes through this depression. Gertrude quickly gets over the death of old king Hamlet and marries his brother Claudius a few weeks later. So many thoughts go through Hamlets mind which make him overthink everything and not take action. By not taking action Hamlet’s revenge against Claudius is delayed. Pursuing this further, these following paragraphs will thoroughly describe Hamlet’s problem. Hamlet goes a bit over the edge when his father passes away. He barely has anyone to help him get through this situation. His mother doesn’t make the situation any better, she basically tells him to get over the death of his father. “Good Hamlet, cast thy knighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not forever with thy vailèd lids seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.” (Shakespeare; 1.2, L.L 70-75). That’s when Hamlet started to show his signs of depression; he told his mother that the signs of grief indicated his real feelings. “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 eye, nor the dejected havior of the visage, together with all forms, moods,[shapes] of grief, that can (denote) me truly.” (Shakespeare; 1.2, L.L 80-86). Hamlets best friend Horatio eventually showed up but

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