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Analysis of Hamlet. By: Tyler Tashie. Who is Hamlet?. Prince of Denmark Protagonist of the play He is next in line for the throne Loves Ophelia Dies from drowning Dies from a poisoned sword . Family issues that may have caused his disorders. Mother married fathers killer

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Analysis of hamlet

Analysis of Hamlet


Tyler Tashie

Who is hamlet
Who is Hamlet?

  • Prince of Denmark

  • Protagonist of the play

  • He is next in line for the throne

  • Loves Ophelia

    • Dies from drowning

  • Dies from a poisoned sword

Family issues that may have caused his disorders
Family issues that may have caused his disorders

  • Mother married fathers killer

  • Father was killed by his uncle

  • Uncle becomes his new father and king

  • The death of his father causes Hamlet to see a ghost of his father

Hamlet s characteristics
Hamlet’s Characteristics

  • Melancholy or depressed

  • Bitter

  • Cynical

  • Hates his Uncle

  • Doesn’t like that his mother has married his uncle

Mood disorder
Mood Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

Proposed DSM-5 Criteria:

Sad mood or loss of pleasure in usual activities

B. At least five symptoms (counting sad mood and loss of pleasure):

Sleeping too much or too little

Psychomotor retardation or agitation

Weight loss or change in appetite

Loss of energy

Feeling of worthlessness or excessive guilt

Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions

Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

C. Symptoms are present nearly every day, most of the day, for at least 2 weeks.

Manic depressive bipolar i disorder
Manic-Depressive (Bipolar I) Disorder

Distinctly elevated or irritable mood for most of the day nearly everyday.

B. Abnormally increased activity and energy.

C. At least three of the following are noticeably changed from baseline (four if mood is irritable):

Increase in goal-directed activity or psychomotor agitation

Unusual talkativeness; rapid speech

Flight of ideas or subjective impression that thoughts are racing

Decreased need for sleep

Increased self-esteem; belief that one has special talents, powers, or abilities

Distractibility; attention easily diverted

Excessive involvement in activities that are likely to have undesirable consequences, such as reckless speeding, sexual behavior, or driving

For manic episode:

Symptoms last for 1 week or require hospitalization

Symptoms cause significant distress of functional impairment

General anxiety disorder
General Anxiety Disorder

1) Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Proposed DSM-5 Criteria:

Excessive anxiety and worry at least 50 percent of days about at least two life domains ( e.g. family, health, finances, work, and school)

B. The worry is sustained for at least 3 months.

C. The anxiety and worry are associated with at least three of the following:

Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

Being easily fatigued

Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank


Muscle tension

Sleep disturbance

Hamlets obsession with death
Hamlets obsession with death

  • Hamlets famous soliloquy “to be or not to be” shows his contemplation of death

  • He saw death as a reliable end to mortal suffering

  • Most famous portrait is Hamlet holding a skull




  • Hamlet suffers from major depressive disorder, Bipolar I, and anxiety.

  • Hamlet becomes obsessed with death and all that

  • Hamlet had a lot of issues that caused him to act crazy.

  • It is important to understand what he struggled with so that we can better understand his character.

    • These diagnosis have not been evaluated by the FDA