Depression And Depression In Hamlet

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Hamlet’s Journey With Depression Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, especially in millennials. Depression affects the way a person thinks and acts. It can cause sadness, loss of interest, and many other symptoms. Since William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy Hamlet, the biggest topic of discussion was whether Hamlet was really depressed, or if he was just grieving. Hamlet shows many signs of depression throughout the first three acts. When one goes through traumatic events and experiences a great loss, it can lead to a depressive state that can change the way a person acts forever. For someone who is around 30 years old, Hamlet pulled a teenager move: ignoring your mother. It is common for teens to disregard what their parents say, but for someone who used to be close with their mother, it is quite strange for Hamlet to withdraw from his mother. Withdrawal is when you distance yourself from everyone around you. Hamlet shows many signs of withdrawal throughout the entire play. Hamlet’s depression stems from his father’s death, and his withdrawal began after he saw his father’s ghost. When he interacts with the ghost, the gives instructions for Hamlet. He says to Hamlet “let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest” (Ham. 1.5.89-90). His father is informing him that he must do something to stop his mother and his uncle from sleeping in the same bed together. Hamlet did not agree with the marriage to begin with, and the
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