Hamlet's Emotions

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude Pages: 3 (1304 words) Published: January 10, 2010
Stephanie Gaitan
Mr. Kennedy
23 November 2009
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the main character Hamlet is seen as a very emotional person. His emotions change all the time throughout the play so he attempts to act crazy so nobody knows what’s going on with him. When he acts crazy to hide his emotions, it affects everyone else but, Hamlet does not realize it. The emotions that he shows in the play are sorrow, anger and guilt.

Hamlet shows sorrow after his fathers death, when his mother re married 2 months after the death of his father and he shows sorrow when he finds out that Ophelia died. In the beginning of the play, you see Hamlet as the only one still grieving over his father while everyone else enjoys the ceremony. The king and Queen do not like him grieving so much so they try to tell Hamlet to move on from it because everyone dies. The Queen confronts Hamlet first and tells him to stop mourning over his father. “Good Hamlet, cast thy knighted colour off… do not for ever with thy vailed lids/ Seek for thy noble father in the dust.” (1.2.69-72) She than tells him that everybody dies. “Thou know’st ‘tis common: all that lives must die/ Passing through nature to eternity.” (1.2.73-74) After everybody leaves the ceremony in the castle, Hamlet is by himself and he talks about his father and how he was an excellent king, and he talks about how quickly his mother re married. “… Within a month/ Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears/ Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,/ She married, O most wicked speed!” (1.2.155-158) Near the end of the play Hamlet finds out that Ophelia died. While hiding in the graveyard, he hears Laertes talking about her and how she will be an angel. Hamlet is shocked and says “What, the fair Ophelia!” (5.1.230) Hamlet later comes out of hiding and talks about how much he loves Ophelia and how he would do anything for her. “ I loved Ophelia. Forty-thousand brothers/ Could not with all their...
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