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Date Created: 08/12/16
 Olberding 1 Amy Olberding Ms. Hayes  AP SLU 10 February 2016 Hamlet’s Mental State Have you ever gone fishing before? You sit there for hours waiting for a bite, and then  you get really excited when you finally feel that tug. So you quickly try to reel in the fish, only to realize the fish has gotten away, and you suddenly become sad. Emotions are always a roller  coaster but especially when one is bipolar. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the characters in  Hamlet’s life cause him to suffer from Bipolar I Disorder.  Hamlet’s mental instability can be linked to Bipolar I Disorder, which includes having  episodes of being depressed, delusional, suicidal, and bizarre behavior. He qualifies for three  symptoms: “unusual talkativeness, flight of ideas, and excessive involvement in activities that  are likely to have undesirable consequences” (Transmedial Shakespeare). He expresses unusual  talkativeness while speaking with Ophelia in Act 3 Scene 1. He has flight of ideas during his  soliloquy about suicide, and excessive involvement in the revenge of Claudius, which was  deathly for him as well as those close to him. The first person who causes Hamlet distress is his father. After he is killed, he comes  back to the castle as a ghost. Assuming the ghost knows what has happened since he died, he  would know that Hamlet is torn up about his death. Even so, the ghost proceeds to hold Hamlet  responsible to avenge King Hamlet’s death by killing Claudius. At a time where Hamlet is   Olberding 2 already sad, weak, and mopey, the ghost basically pushes Hamlet farther into that anger and  depression.  The other two people who influence Hamlet the most are his mother, Gertrude, and his  uncle, Claudius. Claudius immediately after murdering King Hamlet takes the crown and  Gertrude, essentially depriving Hamlet of the three most important things to him: a father, a  mother who cares, and the throne. Even before the ghost of King Hamlet tells Hamlet that  Claudius killed him, he despises both Claudius and his mother. He shows this hatred in his first soliloquy, saying:   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 must hold my tongue. (1.2.161­164) Hamlet is evidently heartbroken about his mother jumping into a bed of incest with his father’s  brother, but is forced to stay silent about it, which makes the problem worse when Hamlet finally blows up in Gertrude’s face and then stabs Polonius. Therefore, Gertrude and Claudius cause  Hamlet to have depressive manic episodes from the start of the play. At the end of the play, Hamlet sees that while Claudius is trying to kill him, he kills  Gertrude and Laertes in the process, making him angry and begging the poison to work faster.  Hamlet believes he no longer has anything to live for. Is Hamlet to blame for being bipolar and  wanting to die? Ophelia is dead, Hamlet killed Claudius and accidentally killed Laertes, Claudius accidentally killed Gertrude, and Fortinbras is knocking at his door about to take the throne.   Olberding 3 Hamlet is simply surrounded with characters that tear Hamlet down, causing his Bipolar I  Disorder. After reading Hamlet, I believe one should learn that seeking revenge never creates  peace. It always causes more destruction to the avenger’s life than the one who is supposed to be  paying. Claudius gets everything he desires in this play, even the eventual death of Hamlet, up  until he accidentally kills Gertrude. Hamlet never truly is satisfied until he kills Claudius, but at  this point he is already dying, so there really is no happy ending for anyone in revenge stories. In conclusion, the characters in Hamlet’s life in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet cause him to have Bipolar I Disorder. He becomes depressed, always wanting more, and sometimes  suicidal. His emotions throughout the play fluctuate and it is all caused by his mother, father, and uncle; possibly the three most important people in a man’s life. When Hamlet needed his family  most, they all turned against him.   Olberding 4 Works Cited "Character Analysis of Hamlet: Psychological Disorders." Transmedial Shakespeare. N.p., 22  Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2016. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Washington D.C.: Folger Shakespeare Library, 2003. Print.


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