Grief, By William Shakespeare

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Grief is keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; and sharp sorrow. Grief is something that can take a massive toll on one’s mental health and actions. It can change a person’s thinking and what they do. In “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, grief is shown in many ways but with each person who is grieving they begin to act differently than they normally would.
The first way grief is shown is by Hamlet when his father, King Hamlet, dies. The passing of the king had hurt everyone in his city but they were able to move on. Hamlet was the only one that was not able to return to everyday life. He was still grieving and this changed the way he lived life. Hamlet is talking to his mother about how he needs to return to normal life but he refuses. Hamlet says, “Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not ‘seems’. ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black… But I have that within which passes show—these but the trappings and the suits of woe” (Shakespeare 1716). Hamlet is only showing a little bit of the grief he feels but will not let go of it. His mother is telling him to get rid of his mourning clothes but he refuses because he still feels too much grief for his father. In “Accommodating Death: The Ending of Hamlet” by Richard Fly, he says, “Hamlet’s impious stubbornness seems willful and arbitrary to the conventional wisdom of the court, merely the response of an understanding simple and unschooled in social realities. But it if his…

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