This research is a close look at the methods of grief as depicted by the children who lose their fathers in William Shakespeare's classic Hamlet.. The goal is to track each child's reaction to the sudden bereavement in a variety of physical and emotional manifestations. This has been done by first examining current literature on the text, followed by a review of historical context of the period in which the play was written, and finally analyzing each character's behavior. In doing so, this research seeks to highlight the importance of the presence of fathers within Hamlet and provide insight as to how bereavement shapes the narrative of not only a series of characters, but also of hundreds of years' worth of audiences.
DiIorio, Erin, "Dadless: Dead Dads in Hamlet and the Effects on their Children" (2018). Honors College Theses. 169.
Original document was submitted as an honors thesis requirement. Copyright is held by the author.