The Mindset Of Shakespeare 's Hamlet And Ophelia

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Psychological Disorders in Hamlet and Ophelia Skyler D. Bratt AP English IV Mrs. Guinn Abstract The mindset of Shakespeare’s complex characters has been a controversial topic for centuries. Some have the belief that Hamlet suffered nothing more than the typical case of melancholy. However, continued educated research and dissection of his work dictates that he would possibly be diagnosed with, what is now known as, Bipolar Disorder. Textual evidence also tells us that Ophelia demonstrates symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Was it fate that determined their misfortunate outcome? It seems as if determinism, played a critical role in their situations, however, their choices seemingly dictate their eventual conclusion. Keywords:…show more content…
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