Hamlet says here that he has lost all of his happiness; this shows us as an audience that he feels empty and has nothing to feel happy or joyful about. Moreover we see that Hamlet is unable to communicate well with others and this backs up the point that he feels isolated and lonely. Shakespeare uses short sharp sentences to show that the character doesn’t want to converse, ‘Words, words, words’ (2,2,189). This is the response Hamlet gives when Polonius asks what book he reads. The reply shows that he doesn’t want to talk and is being quite dismissive when asked questions.
People do not understand why he acts the way he does and even try to tell him to move on with his life. However, depression is a very serious disorder that cannot be easily detected or treated. Because the people do not detect that Hamlet is depressed, they obviously do not treat him for it. Hamlet's case continues to get worse and eventually aids in the cause of his death. Hamlet reveals too many obvious symptoms of depression to disclaim that he is inflicted with the disorder.
Holden is a character that causes his own sadness. His actions prevent sympathy from being felt for him because most circumstances are all avoidable. Sympathy will be felt for the distraught protagonist when he fixes his personality or makes better decisions. Until then, Holden Caulfield is a character that it will be difficult to feel sympathy for.
Everybody feels depressed at some time or another in their lives. However, it becomes a problem when depression is so much a part of a person's life that he or she can no longer experience happiness. This happens to the young boy, Holden Caulfield in J.D Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Mr. Antolini accurately views the cause of Holden's depression as his lack of personal motivation, his inability to self-reflect and his stubbornness to overlook the obvious which collectively results in him giving up on life before he ever really has a chance to get it started. Holden lacks the essential ability to motivate himself, which he needs to survive in the 'real' world.
Hamlet has lost hope in this world when he says “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world;” (1.2.133-4) therefore, he contemplates the idea of committing suicide when he says “to be, or not to be... ... middle of paper ... ... betrayed Hamlet’s trust, but Hamlet does not know this. Hassel does not mention Ophelia when he argues that “Hamlet’s sadness has to do with the wicked speed of a mother’s remarriage and his father’s death,” (612) but there is enough evidence to consider the hypothesis that one of the factors of Hamlet’s melancholy is Ophelia breaking up with him. It is disturbing to see what happens to Hamlet: A man consumed by his thirst for revenge, yet he is hesitant to act on this thirst. There is enough evidence to support the hypothesis that Hamlet is depressed and suicidal. Hamlet is his own greatest enemy; if Hamlet had not hesitated to kill Claudius when he had the chance or if he had communicated his problems better, then all the bloodshed could have been prevented.
He is completely sensitive to his family crisis and bewails his inability to act, adding to his feeling of uselessness and anger. He thinks of himself as a lowly man—feeling ashamed because an actor is able to produce emotions for fictional person, while Hamlet is experiencing a true tragedy and yet he cannot even act his part. Due to his regret, Hamlet feels so angry and hopeless that he curses himself saying: “He is an ass, a whore and a scullion”. He makes excuses and seeks diversions about viewing himself as a coward. He is lost because he cannot achieve his goal.
Hamlet calls himself a coward for not doing anything to avenge his father, but rather just staying depressed and weep all day. According to Bradley, “Hamlet was restrained by conscience or a mural scruple; he could not satisfy himself that it was right to avenge his father” (Bradley 4). Hamlet is aware of his constant delays, but still cannot ready himself to kill Claudius because of the excuses he continuously makes up. After criticizing himself, Hamlet sets up a plan that only prolongs his chance of killing Claudius. Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing/ Wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (Shakespeare 2.2 616-617).
The rule seems to have no reason behind it. How is the boy's misery needed to allow the citizens to experience joy? The author never offers an explanation, leaving the reader to come to the conclusion that the rule stating he must be in misery for their happiness has no logical justification at all. The rule must be followed simply because it's a rule. Some citizens become angry or sad when they learn of the boy and his misery, but they soon forget.
He is not positive of an afterlife, therefore he doesn't have the courage to end his life. "Now might I do it prat," (Beaty, 1363) is a soliloquy in which we see a shift in Hamlet's rationalization. Hamlet, as his fathers only son, is seeking revenge for his fathers death, but is afraid that a quick death for Claudius would not be enough. Hamlet feels that waiting until Claudius is in an immoral situation would make him suffer in death because he would not be allowed to repent for his sins. During this soliloquy Hamlet is caught up in his plot for revenge and has foregone, for the moment, his plan of suicide.
Hamlet was becoming very stressed (Hamlet.2.2.593-598) “Yet I a dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak like John-a-dreams, unpregnaunt of my cause, and can say nothing-no, not for a king upon whose property and most dear life a damned defeat was made. Am I a coward?”. This is the over thinking process of Hamlet that filled his head with self-doubt which pushes people to think that he is going insane. He is not. Hamlet was depressed and felt as if he was failing his father.