5 Stages Of Grief In Hamlet

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Grief is inside Hamlet like a black hole, and clouds his mind with thoughts of suicide, murder, and most importantly, revenge. Throughout this play, Hamlet’s actions are controlled by his grief after he finds out his own uncle killed his father. This affects the reader by disproving both sides of the insane/sane argument. Instead it shows that Hamlet was purely acting out the five stages of grief, and that he was acting completely normal. Hamlet’s denial and isolation because of the grief he experiences comes from his father’s death and the new marriage between his mother and his uncle. Hamlet’s new parents even notice his sadness and his uncle asks him, “How is it that clouds that still hang on you?” (1.2.68) Hamlet is still mourning over…show more content…
He examines the skull and says, “ Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. —Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning? Quite chapfallen?” (5.1.190-199). Hamlet goes on about how great Yorick was and reflects on the memories he had with his old friend. Later in this act, they bury Ophelia and Laertes jumps into the grave to hold her and Hamlet jumps in as well to show that he loved her too. His next lines show how much he truly loved her. He says, “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” (5.1.285-287). The other characters assume he’s insane and is losing his mind, but Hamlet is simply distraught. (5.1.288). Hamlet’s emotional words continue on as he tells Laertes, “'Swounds, show me what thou'lt do. Woo’t weep? Woo’t fight? Woo’t fast? Woo’t tear thyself? Woo’t drink up eisel, eat a crocodile? I’ll do ’t. Dost thou come here to whine, To outface me with leaping in her grave? Be buried quick with her?—and so will I. And if thou prate of mountains let them throw Millions of acres on us, till our ground, Singeing his pate against the burning zone, Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth, I’ll rant as well as thou.” (5.1.290-301). He questions Laertes on what he plans on doing in his mourning, his depression, through the death of his sister. Hamlet even assumes that

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