There’s something in his soul O’er which his melancholy sits on brood, And I do doubt the hatch and the disclose Will be some danger—which for to prevent, I have in quick determination…….. It shall be so. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go. —Hamlet Act III, Scene 1
According to Radar Online Robin Williams is looking “grim and focused.” Grim? Yes. Focused? No. His visage is one of entrapment, despair, and dread.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway observes that “the loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly” This is not focus but melancholia–hopelessness, helplessness, and defeat.
In 1896 Émile Durkheim described “melancholy suicide” as being “connected with a general state of extreme depression and exaggerated sadness, causing the patient no longer to realize sanely the…
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