William Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Five Stages To Grief

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Is he crazy or is he just grieving? Or is he grieving incorrectly? The Kübler-Ross model, otherwise known as the Five Stages to Grief say that one must go through Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance before they have properly grieved. While there is no wrong or right way to grieve, the stages are listed as an example of what might happen. Hamlet, in the play Hamlet is made out to be crazy but in reality he is not grieving correctly. He is constantly faced with death and hardships and almost never catches a break. While Hamlet is not exactly in the denial stage, he is certainly in the dead center of the other four stages. When someone has been through everything that Hamlet has, it is obvious that one would be furious. His Uncle, Claudius, killed his father so that he could be king and then proceeded to marry his mother. Almost all of Hamlet 's anger in the play is based around this event which happened before the play even…show more content…
And so he goes to heaven, And so am I revenged. That would be scanned: A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven” (3.3.78-83). In this quote, Hamlet mistakenly thinks that Claudius is praying since he on his knees and this shows the true anger that Hamlet has. Just killing Claudius isn 't enough, Hamlet must make sure that Claudius is being sent directly to Hell where he will suffer for eternity. One of the most prominent times we see Hamlet’s anger is when he murders Polonius, the father to Ophelia, his lover, thinking that it was Claudius. He is arguing with his mother and things begin to get physical. Gertrude then calls out and so does Polonius, giving away his location behind the tapestry. Thinking it was the king in his wifes bedroom, Hamlet stabs the mystery person behind the curtain and unfortunately for Hamlet, it was

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