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|GR: Hamlet's depression.
Written by Jezkalyn
(6/10/2003 10:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: a theory about the character of Hamlet, penned by Linden
I would agree completely about Shakespeare's genius in sussing out human nature, but, for me, I think perhaps manic depression may be taking it too far. Without getting into the psychological definitions, and, hopefully, without offending you, I would say that the difference is that Hamlet is an ordinary man, with extraordinary intelligence, in a completely screwed up situation. I shall even venture to say, that from what I understand of Bipolar depression, the hi and lo reactions are, for whatever reason- chemical, emotional, etc. (and I am not trying to trivialize the condition)- over-reactions to everyday situations. Hamlet's situations are anything but everyday - they are decidedly extraordinary. He has every right to flip out, if indeed he does?
I hope I have answered this as delicatley as I intended. I am a bit of a bull in a china shop sometimes. Forgive me if I knocked a few teapots down.
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