Essay On Mental Illness In Hamlet

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After a month or two of analyzing Hamlet and the people around him, I feel like I can conclusively determine he suffers from a mental illness. But the question is what. What mental illness might he suffer from. There are hundreds of different mental disabilities. Each has endless possible ways of linking it back to Hamlet in some way, shape or form. While he did claim to be putting on act and only pretending to be psychotic, part of me strongly believes that someone of 100% mental stability would not be able to pull off a psychotic act without a little mental illness helping lead the charge. I feel it is only fair to diagnose Hamlet with Bipolar Disorder. Online health blog, WebMD, defines Bipolar Disorder as a mental illness that brings severe…show more content…
Sometimes the mood swings are so unpreventable and can result in serious self-harm or even suicide. That is just the background on Bipolar Disorder, Hamlet suffers from it in his own weird ways. Hamlet was normal for most of his life until his world was completely torn in two when his father, the original King Hamlet, was murdered by his brother and Hamlet’s uncle, King Claudius. The entire play is Hamlet starting deteriorate as he is haunted by his father’s ghost trying to lead him to the answers he is looking for. Hamlet comes up with a plan to seek revenge for his uncle’s senseless acts. The plan involves pretending to go insane and cause as many deaths possible along the way. His father’s death caused rapid downfall. In my opinion, the earliest signs of Hamlet’s deterioration were in the following quote; “Why, what should be the fear? I do not set my life at a pin’s fee. And for my soul, what can it do to that, Being a thing immortal as itself? It waves me forth again. I’ll follow it.” (Hamlet 66). The reason that quote is so important is because he is basically giving into a spirit. Hamlet is approached by ghost

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