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Hamlet A Man in Mourning Hamlet is one of the most popular plays of William Shakespeare It has been enjoyed by audiences throughout its existence and also criticized by critics Since the time it was written critics have been trying to explain Hamlets odd behavior and the apparent lack of explanation for the absurdities of the play have caused some critics to denounce the play as a failure This is far from the truth The basic explanation of the play which solves many problems associated with the play is that Hamlet is depressed TS Elliot says the play is a failure because Shakespeares fails to impart to the audience how one would feel in Hamlets situation The fault is not Shakespeares but the audiences The audience often fails to understand that Hamlet at the opening of the play is not in his normal state but is Hamlet depressed because of the death of his father We see Hamlet change throughout the play as he is starts out depressed and grows in a natural progression As he exits depression he realizes the need for revenge and he feigns madness to help him achieve this Hamlets depressed state in the beginning helps to explain many of the actions and perceived failures of the play As the play opens we see Hamlet as he learns of his fathers murder Hamlet is lethargic melancholy and slow to action As the play continues Hamlet changes and seems to be completely different than what he previously was Critics say that Hamlet not remaining constant throughout the play was a reason the play was a failure This is wrong There are three explanations why Hamlet was lethargic melancholy and slow to action The first explanation is that Hamlet is depressed His father was just murdered his mother married his Uncle and the title that he had been training for his whole entire life had just vanished before his eyes This would
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