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Dealing With Grief Essay

  • Submitted by: heyashlyn
  • on December 13, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 845 words

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Grief is defined as keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; or painful regret.   Every person in the world has suffered from grief at one point or another in their life, whether it was caused by the loss of a loved one or another reason it has been felt by them.   Different people express grief in different ways; it can often bring people together as well as divide them.   In the play Hamlet, the poem Ophelia, and the story The Management of Grief, you see how different people deal with this emotion.
In the play Hamlet, Claudius, uncle and step father to Hamlet, seduces Gertrude who is Hamlet’s mother while she is still grieving over he husband’s death, Gertrude marries him as a way to deal with her grief because it seems like she believes he can take it away, Claudius while taking advantage of his mother’s state gives a speech to Hamlet about his grief, “Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father. But you must know your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow. But to persevere in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubborness, tis unmanly grief . . .,” his speech to Hamlet about “unmanly grief” basically says that all men die, all men lose their fathers. Those men enter a period of appropriate grief and then just move on. Claudius suggests that because Hamlet is not conforming to what he considers normal grieving Hamlet’s grief is not only unhealthy, but unmanly.   It seems that Claudius ignores the fact that everyone grieves in their own way, much like how Ophelia starts to go insane and sings the entire time she is alive after her fathers death, she could have remained quiet, or acted like Hamlet, who’s grief in some ways caused her father’s death, but she like all other people dealt with her feelings her in own way.
The poem Ophelia, written by Arthur Rimbaud, gives into the...

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