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Tragedy of Grief The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare may be described as a tragedy of grief due to the many situations of grievance We see many instances of grief in Hamlet There are three different categories that cause grief in this play love death and revenge Love is a major theme in the play We see many relationships that cause grief to the characters in Hamlet The love between Hamlet and Ophelia is very strong and there is one main person who is against it Polonius Polonius uses Ophelia as a tool to gain King Claudius friendship and makes her break up with Hamlet Hamlet and Ophelia are both heartbroken and both end up lamenting about there loss of love Ophelia takes it harder though and expresses her feelings in song To-morrow is Saint Valentines day All in the morning bedtime And I a maid at your window To be your Valentine Then up he rose and donnd his clothes And duppd the chamber door Let in the maid that out a maid Never departed more 45 50-55 She is in despair over Hamlets promise to marry her and is heart broken when Hamlet acts vicious and choleric towards her Hamlet and Gertrude love each other as mother and son do but with her marriage so soon after the death of King Hamlet Gertrudes late husband Hamlet loses respect for his mother This causes much grief between the two Hamlet learns through the ghost of King Hamlet that it was Claudius that killed his father and asks Hamlet to get revenge but to leave his mother Gertrude alone Hamlet has trouble with this though and acts very harsh towards her in her room No by the rood not soYou are the Queen your husbands brothers wifeAnd-would it were so-you are my mother 3417-20 He acts ashamed of his mothers actions and tries to make her feel guilty Their love is tragic because though
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