Hamlet the Emotional Side.

Essay by catira27University, Bachelor's July 2003

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Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, portrays as a very emotional

soul, a daring, brave character who has a bad and violent temper. Hamlet is a very

emotional young man. For Hamlet's emotional character his father's death and mother's

Betrayals are the antithesis of happiness: his home life seems to emotionally destroy him

and eventually leads to death. As we all know, his father's death was a shock for him and

he could not get over it. Claudius mentions that Hamlet was taking the mourning of his

father's death to extremes: "To give these mourning duties to your father; But you must

know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial

obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow." (a.1, sc.2, 88-92)

The King is telling Hamlet that death is only natural and that Hamlet's father lost

his father too.

He is informing Hamlet that he is mourning too much for his deceased

father and he should try to get over it. Another example of Hamlet's emotions getting the

better of him can be seen when he is reminiscing his father's death. Hamlet says, "...How

stand I then, That have father killed, a mother stained,..." (a.4, sc.4, 56-57) He is asking

himself what kind of a person he is if he can allow his father to be murdered and his

mother to be married so soon after his father's death to his uncle.

The play shows us that Hamlet pities himself and is putting himself down. Yet

another example of his emotions running wild are seen in his first soliloquy: "...She

married. O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not,

nor it cannot come to good. But break my heart, for I...