The Isolation of Hamlet
William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet follows the life of Hamlet, the rightful heir to the throne of Denmark. Throughout the play Hamlet has to deal with the death of his father and remarriage of his mother, the betrayal and spying on by his closest friends and family, and his antic disposition, causing him to be increasingly isolated as the play continues. These three things affect Hamlet deeply and he avoids everyone in his attempt to isolate himself and make his plans on how to fix that which was made wrong from the beginning. Hamlet’s isolation all begins with a death and a sudden marriage within the family.
When Hamlet’s father dies, Hamlet goes through a mourning and grieving period in which he isolates himself from everyone. The death causes him to return from Wittenburg and have to face everyone he does not wish to see while mourning. After this not only does he have to witness the burial of his father but he also has to face seeing his mother remarry to his uncle Claudius who is also the new king of Denmark: “Why, she would hang on him, as if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on. And get within a month – Let me not think on it – Frailty, thy name is woman -.” (1.2.145-148) Hamlet speaks of how he cannot understand how his mother was to remarry so soon. Hamlet is angry with his mother and calls her frail for leaving his deceased father. As Hamlet sees all of this happening to him, he attempts to avoid being near people and when he is near anybody, especially Claudius, he chooses to speak in the most sarcastic of tones: “But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son – A little more than kin, and less than kind.” (1.2.65-66) This is Hamlets way of saying to Claudius that just because he has married Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, it still does not make him Hamlet’s father and that he does not approve of Claudius’ attempt at being fatherly and that Hamlet resents Claudius. Hamlet’s isolation is becoming more apparent as he continues to...
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