Psychological Roles in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a play written by the well-known William Shakespeare. The play contains many themes that greatly help to determine the aspects of a character; such as how they act, talk, and they ways they feel. One of the main themes that occurred continuously in this play and one of which readers can distinctly witness are the psychological roles that shape the characters. A psychological aspect that is portrayed in Hamlet is the role of insanity. Insanity is a form of illness which is characterized by abnormal mental or behavioral patterns ("Insanity." Wikipedia). Through this many people seem to go into a state of madness where they do not know themselves, act differently than they normally do, even commit to certain deeds that may harm themselves severely, such as cutting or committing suicide ("Insanity." Wikipedia). Another psychological feature that can be seen is the role of depression. Many events have occurred in the play that has caused a great deal of distress in the minds of the characters. Some are able to hide what they feel and seem as if they are happy, or contempt to what is happening around them. While on the other hand, others clearly show their form of depression in many difficult scenarios. Lastly, another example of how the characters in the play Hamlet have been influenced through psychological matters is by suicide. Suicide is the involvement of one committing the death ("Suicide." Wikipedia). There are many reasons that can be concluded as to why one would want to give up their lives; but it all comes down to the fact that they are not satisfied of who they are as a person. An individual is in so much mental crisis that they feel they are worthless from events happening betwe... ... middle of paper ... ...w her son Hamlet was right about everything and it was too late now to do anything about it. Her death symbolizes what happens when someone cannot look beyond them; what power does to a person. Gertrude being with Claudius symbolized power and that became her demise. When creating the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Shakespeare used four main themes that helped to reflects the outlooks on the characters. Two female characters Ophelia and Gertrude experienced distress throughout the play. At the time when feminism was at its highest and women really didn’t have a right to express what they felt, stress was just a key factor in everyday life. Both characters felt out of place due to the interactions between people around them. Hamlet himself being they major benefactor letting his strive for revenge get the best of his and the people around him.

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