The Consequences Of Suicide In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

2622 Words 11 Pages
Register to read the introduction… You ought to realise that suicide is murder, since after suicide there remains a corpse exactly as with any ordinary murder. Only it is yourself that has been killed.” (Jung, 1975, p.25) there are two very significant portions of Jung’s argument, firstly is that you can’t kill any one archetype unless the physical body is killed; and, “the goal of life is the realization of the self” which obviously cannot by achieved if one commits suicide. In a nutshell, Hamlet’s melancholy stunts his process of individuation as it creates a complete lack of will to live, and by extension, a lack of will to pursue the goal of life which is individuation. Furthermore Hamlet’s melancholy causes Hamlet to continually procrastinate, to the detriment of his process of individuation. Hamlet’s melancholy is nothing less than what doctors diagnose as clinical depression, of which procrastination is a major symptom. Dr. Piers Steel, one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of motivation and …show more content…
The deaths of Gertrude, Leactries, Polonius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet himself all stem from Hamlet procrastinating killing Claudius in act 3 scene 3, thus eliminating any chance for Hamlet to achieve individuation. On the other hand Ray is able to achieve individuation because he is to remain optimistic in his process of individuation. While Hamlet becomes stuck in a state of melancholy and inaction, Ray is able to remain fundamentally active in his process of individuation because he is optimistic of the outcome of his actions. At the beginning of the novel it is apparent that Ray is in deep financial trouble and is in danger of losing the farm. Ray’s only love, aside from his family and baseball is farming, thus losing his farm would detrimental to his process of individuation. Despite the dire circumstances of Ray’s finances and the farm’s imminent foreclosure, Ray is able to remain active in his chosen course of action, because of his optimism in the results of said course of action. This is perfectly exemplified when Ray hears the words “if you build it he will come” and his instincts tell him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. Ray understands

Related Documents