Loneliness In Hamlet

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As the darkness closes in, and the only sound is the barely audible noise of your own breathing. Whether it is by personal action or another’s judgement, there is no escape from the loneliness of isolation. Hamlet felt trapped and alone in the months following his father’s murder which can be compared to the similar feeling Ender experienced throughout the grueling years he spent in Battle and Command School. Both characters faced unexpected evils on their own, which stretched their mental capacity farther than it was able to reach. The effects of solidarity, namely the inability to confide in others, can drive a person to the brink of mental instability. From the moment he was born, Ender was isolated as a Third, a title given to very…show more content…
After getting off the ship that brought him to Battle school, Ender was confused why Graff had been so impersonal towards him. Graff responded to Ender’s questioning by saying, “My job isn’t to be friends. My job is to produce the best soldiers in the world…. My job is to produce such a creature, and all the men and women he’ll need to help him. Nowhere in that does it say I have to make friends with children.”(34) Ender thought that he had an ally in Graff, but after that moment, Ender knew that he was just another launchie. However, that was not the case, Ender just did not know that the IF had the plan to isolate him. After his trust in Graff was broken, he began to question other people that he befriended in Battle School, such as Petra. In the hallway, Petra tried to warn him that there were boys who wanted him dead. Being the skeptic that he was, Ender completely disregarded her kindness and replied: “Petra, if you had actually taken me aside just now, there are about a dozen boys following along who would have taken me in the corridor. Can you tell me you didn’t notice them?”(205) His paranoia became so overbearing that he could no longer trust one of his best friends. Although Hamlet does not have many friends, he has his family. Until his father’s death, Hamlet had the utmost respect for his parents for the way they ruled Denmark, and he trusted them. After the king’s death, Hamlet lost the respect he had for his mother, and therefore, he also lost any trust he had in her. The loss of respect can be seen when Hamlet says: “Mother, you have my father much offended.”(3.4) In this quote, Hamlet is referring to how his mother did not mourn his father long enough before marrying his Uncle, Claudius. In Shakespearean English, the use of you is extremely informal, almost to the point where it is insulting to use it when speaking to adults. When Hamlet uses this word towards his mother,
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