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Grief in Hamlet

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Dianne Honan

on 23 April 2013

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Transcript of Grief in Hamlet

Final Look: Dianne Honan Grief in Hamlet Grief Overview -deep or violent sorrow What happens when grief is not treated? -grief can turn into "complicated grief" or major depression.

Hamlet's Grief Hamlet is forced to deal with the death of his father and then immediately integrate a new father figure into his life. Denial
Severe Sadness
-is often associated with death but can apply to any major loss Symptoms include: Ophelia's grief Ophelia is dealt two setbacks during the course of the play, one being her father’s death and the other being Hamlet’s disrespectful treatment Grief in Hamlet Grief takes center stage in many of the character's lives but they all choose to react in different ways. Hamlet and Ophelia feed off of each other's grief which only makes their own grieving worse. Ophelia does not take Hamlet's rejection well, on top of her father's death she is unable to cope all together and after going mad, she takes her own life. intensive yearning for the deceased
searching for the person in familiar places
imagining that your loved one is alive
feeling that life is meaningless
Suicide is the most extreme way to deal with grief and occurs when grief is untreated. He is not able to properly grieve his own father therefore when Ophelia dies he is already so unstable that he cannot cope with more grief. Grieving is a complicated process that is different for everyone but no matter who you are, grief should be treated as a serious matter. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but as the character's in Hamlet discovered, it can take over your life if not treated. Most people experience the 5 stages of grief: "Tis' sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, to give these mourning duties to your father, but you must know, your father lost a father..." -Claudius
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