Throughout Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet feelings and passion are an enormous distraction for the main character Hamlet. Hamlet tends to act as though he were an adolescent rather than a grown man. He acts very immature, so sarcastic, and takes action, before thinking it out, in the heat of anger. The abilities to love, control one’s actions, and to subdue one’s depression are signs of becoming mature however, Hamlet, a grown man, has a difficult time controlling these abilities. Although Hamlet may be a man who has come of age nevertheless he tends to identify with the likes of an adolescent because of his irrational actions. In addition, Hamlet has a particular problem controlling his love for Ophelia as well as controlling his actions. It is apparent that Hamlet loves Ophelia in his own special manner when he says: To the celestial, and my soul idol, most beautified Ophelia (Act 2 scene 2 line 116-117) Although he may love her with all his might, as he tells Laeretes:, I loved Ophelia; Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love. Make up my sum (Act 5 scene 1 lines 264-266) Hamlet is too immature to love her enough to trust her in their relationship. This trust that he is lacking will give him the ability to hand Ophelia the key to his madness however, due to immaturity he is unable to hand her the key. Because of Hamlet’s immaturity this same madness enables him to act extremely irrational at times, such as killing Polonius. Most mature people will take the time to find out what is behind an arras before stabbing at it in a blind rage. His madness is understood however, as a mature adult, he should be able to control himself and be able to overcome his father’s death. After a month he is still unable to accept his loss and he continues to wear black clothes, and his mother says to him about his attitude: “Good Hamlet, cast thy knighted color off.” / And let thine eye…
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