Psychology Today: Hamlet
Throughout Hamlet the reader sees how Hamlet’s behaviors progresses from one extremity to another. The death of Hamlet’s father was the beginning of Hamlet’s drive towards insanity. After the King’s death, Hamlet’s mother remarried the late King’s brother, Claudius, which drove Hamlet’s behavior even worse. As the play continues, we can see that Hamlet’s sanity steadily decreases during the entire plot. Psychological analysis will reveal a perspective of what Hamlet is thinking and why his behavior dropped into the status it became. Initial Assessment: Hamlet is in a deep state of depression, the death of his father is causing a great deal of grief. His mourning at this stage seems to be at a more advanced stage of severity than it should be. His first soliloquy, “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on’t ah, fie! ‘Tis an unweeded garden
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature,
Possess it merely. That is should come to this!
But two months dead – nay, not so mush, not two!
So excellent a king, that was to this
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!
Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on; an yet, within a month –
Let me not think on’t. Frailty, thy name is woman! –
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father’s body,
Like Niobe, all tears – why she, even she –
O God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourned longer – married my uncle;
My father’s brother, but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules. Within a month,
Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the...
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