Mister John Smallwood
14 May 2011
clinical depression of Hamlet
“Clinical depression is defined as a serious state in which one is considered abnormal due to the prolonged negative effect of an event that disrupts a person’s daily life| (Lee, 1).
This does not allow an individual to act they same as before and will cause them to lose interest in activities they once found entertaining. “Clinical depression lasts for a prolonged period of time and affects the way one acts causing mood swings” (Jirdane, 2).
In essence, this form of depression makes a person feel like someone else. A person like Hamlet is a victim of clinical depression but he is at a very advanced stage.
In the first act, Hamlet finds out that his father was killed and like anyone, losing a father is extremely hard, especially in cases where the son views the father as a role model. “Losing a loved one affects a person deeply and causes them to enter a state of depression, they must accept the fact that their loved one is gone for good and all that remains are memories” (Smith, 2).
Soon afterwards, Hamlet found out that his uncle Claudius had murdered his father . Hamlet was devastated at the fact that his own uncle had killed his father just to inherit the crown, these actions enraged Hamlet and resulted in him becoming slightly insane. Although Claudius acts nice to Hamlet and encourages him to go forward with his life, Hamlet is clearly affected by the fact that someone would kill their own brother just for power.
Hamlet was a person, who was born before his time. Hamlet was civilized before even today s standards. He is a person who demonstrated humanity at its utmost. The combination of this and everyone s cruelty around him would prove to be his fatal tragedy. Hamlet was a person who believed in honor. He felt that every man was in the end the same. It made no difference how much money a person had or ...
The funeral of Hamlet’s father leads into the wedding of Claudius and Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet is shattered and shocked at the quick transition from a funeral to a wedding. He shows his anger towards Claudius when he says, “A little more than kin and less than kind” (1, 2, 64-65).
Hamlet depicts a part of his depression outwardly but words cannot explain what he is really feeling on the inside. His view of womanhood completely changes because as he cannot understand how a woman can forget about her late husband and go on and get married, especially to her brother in-law. This contributes to the fact that Hamlet is going through a severe state of depression as the order of events progress in the play. One negative act just leads to another which affects Hamlet as a person changing his perspective on the world and those around him.
When Horatio and Marcellus approach Hamlet and inform him about the ghost who resembles his father, Hamlet becomes curious and decides to wait with Marcellus and Horatio for the ghost. When it appears, Hamlet calls out to it and the ghost says to follow him. The guards continue to discourage Hamlet but he ignored them and decides to follow the ghost because he does not value his life anymore. The series of events that had occurred had changed Hamlet’s process of thinking, to the point that he was willing to risk his life and follow the ghost because he did not fear death as he says, what is the purpose of life without his father?
Therefore, it is evident that Hamlet is suffering from a severe state of clinical depression. Hamlet is aH destroyed when he sees his mother get married right after his father’s funeral disgusts him particularly because his uncle was the one that killed his father. He does not see value in life when he follows the ghost and risks whatever may happen to him. These events all show how Hamlet is affected by clinical depression and how he changes throughout the play.
Lee, Dennis. “Depression Symptoms, Treatment, Medication, Causes, Types, Signs and Diagnosis by MedicineNet.com.” Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.medicinenet.com/depression/article.htm>.
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Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. A. Print.
Jirdane, Alexander. UHS Tang Center. Web. 24 Apr. 2011. <http://uhs.berkeley.edu/lookforthesigns/depressionsuicide.shtml>.
Smith, Melinda. “Understanding Depression: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Help.” Helpguide.org: Expert, Ad-free Articles Help Empower You with Knowledge, Support & Hope. Web. 23 Apr. 2011. <http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm>.