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Velano 1 Chris Velano Mr. Laping English 40S October 31, 2001 Hamlet's Depression Often it is discussed whether or not Hamlet, the melancholy Prince, is entirely responsible for his own demise. Nevertheless, it would be rather evident that Hamlet, in the Shakespearean play is wholly responsible for his own demise for three specific reasons. Hamlet's hesitations with reference to killing Claudius had caused Hamlet's own demise. In addition, Hamlet's persona towards Ophelia, as well as his anger within him, and also his passions has also caused Hamlet for his own demise. Seeing as Hamlet is exceedingly capable of controlling his hesitations, persona and his passions, it would be moderately accurate to declare that Hamlet was responsible for his own demise.

To start things off, the notion of Hamlet's passions being liable for his own demise has to be explored. The concept of Hamlet being fully responsible for his own depression occurs during the scene in which Hamlet was telling Horatio that he was exceedingly depressed with his passions kicking him around.

Hamlet basically had declared that he was a slave to his passions with the quote As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing; A man that fortune's buffets and rewards Hast ta'en with equal thanks: and blessed are those Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger To sound what stop she please. Give me that man That is not a passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.

Something too much of this. (3.2.65-73.) Velano 2 Hamlet was essentially talking about himself becoming a slave towards his own passions. It is Hamlet own burden that his passions are controlling him. If Hamlet had not gone to...