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Hamlet Senior Paper

3348 words - 14 pages

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Grief isn’t something that people prepare for. Like death, grief happen all of a sudden. Grief is the natural response to lose. It can be a strong emotion the can be overwhelming.(Mayoclinic.org)It could be when somebody first finds out a loved one had died, it could be when a person it doing something that reminds them of a lost one. There are different levels of grief as well. One can completely be sad only on the inside but on the outside normal or they can completely show their sadness. It shows one passion for the lost one.
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"My father's brother, but no more like my father Than I to Hercules…"(1:ii.151-152). Like any son his father is a superhero to him. Losing your role model and the person you look up to devastating "He was a man, take him for allin all, I shall not look upon his like again." (I.ii.187-188). Hamlet also speaks on his mourning after the queen tells him to stop grieving. Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not seems.
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, That can denote me truly. These, indeed, seem; For they are actions that a man might play; But I have that within which passes show-These but the trappings and the suits of woe. (I;2;70) Hamlet is mourning and is showing that he is mourning. He wearing dark clothes and doing the things that a mourning person would do. Arther Kirsh points out that Hamlet is express his depression the first time he speaks in the play. “The note of grief is sounded by Hamlet in his first words in the play, before he ever sees the ghost, in his opening dialogue with the King and his mother. The Queen says to him: Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know'st 'tis common-all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.” (I.2.68)(Kirsch)

“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world!”(1:ii:129-134) Hamlet is angry that his mother got married so quick it only been 2 months since his fathers death and she is already remarried. When Horatio tells Hamlet that he is there for the funeral Hamlet tells him “I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-student; I think it was to see my mother's wedding.” (1:ii:177-178) The wedding and the funeral are so close together they that guess can go to both. Anger is the second stage of grief. (Kuber) Shakespeare uses the dramatic suspense to show that Hamlet already is mad about the both of the events happening. This creates the atmosphere that there will be tension towards the event at least on Hamlets behave. In the second stage of grief people have been known to get angry at things that range from people to object. Hamlet naturally is angry that his father is dead, the speed at which his mother gets married and the fact that it’s to his uncle make Hamlet angrier. Shakespeare starts the play at the aftermath of the death so show how things have moved on even though Hamlet wasn’t in the action yet. No time for him to process the speed.
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