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Hamlets Depression Disillusionment Depression Despair These are the burning emotions churning in young Hamlets soul as he attempts to come to terms with his fathers death and his mothers incestuous illicit marriage While Hamlet tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered idealism he consciously embarks on a quest to seek the truth hidden in Elsinore Depression is an uncomfortable mental state that refers to a mood that in medicine is called dysthemia as contrasted with the normal state euthymia and the opposite state elation Depression may be this in itself or a symptom of another mental disorder Normal human responses to some situations may also include transient depressions For example mourning usually involves a depressed mood but this is considered only an expected response to loss In Act II of William Shakespeares play Hamlet Hamlets language and behavior provide an apparent insight into his contrasting feelings of confidence and motivation and anger and depression The term depression is often modified by words that imply either some specific factor or some chemical mechanism as the cause of the state Thus in psychological terms depressions have been considered as reactions to some loss of or separation from a valued person of object Melancholia a term once used to describe all depressive states is now applied only to these most severe forms of depression Hamlets anger and depression are due to his previous inability to avenge his fathers murder and the corruption in the kingdom The gradual increase in the intensity of these emotions comes through in the few instances in Act II where Hamlet appears to be conveying his emotions sincerely Hamlet views the world as a prison in a very depressed manner
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