The Overpowering Emotions of Hamlet and Antony in Hamlet and The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare

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The Overpowering Emotions of Hamlet and Antony in Hamlet and The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare

Two of the most the most complicated characters in Shakespeare’s plays are Mark Antony, in The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, and Hamlet, in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. They share many similarities, but also have notable differences. The biggest trait that they have in common is the effect that their emotional state of mind has on their actions. Antony and Hamlet are overcome by their emotions and lose their objective reasoning power. They are both irrational and disorientated in the decisions they make. Hamlet differs from Antony on a personal level. This is to say that his mood does not shift as
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The emotions that they are overwhelmed by are very different for the most part, with the exception of their aggression. At the beginning of Hamlet, Hamlet is in a state of depression, due to his father’s death, and his mother’s ‘incestuous’ marriage to Hamlet’s uncle. He is unstable and already contemplating suicide:
O that this too too sallied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst [self-] slaughter! O God, God,
How [weary], stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world! (I.ii.129-34).

When Hamlet learns of his father’s ghost his emotional unstableness is only heightened. After learning of his father’s wrongful death, Hamlet loses all respect for anyone’s life as well as his own. Hamlet acts on his emotions, not on reason. His mood varies throughout the play, and this is reflected in his actions. He goes from being on the break of suicide to murderous rage. Virtually the only emotions we see in Hamlet throughout the play are sorrow and anger. The only sign of happiness that we see in Hamlet is in the letters he sent to Ophelia. Polonius reads the letters to Claudius and Gertrude, “To the celestial and my soul’s idol, the most beautified Ophelia” (II.ii.109-110). It is not known when the letters are sent. This is significant in the argument regarding Hamlet’s madness. If they are sent before his father death, it signifies the drastic change

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