It's Kind of a Funny Story & Hamlet

By: Matelda Yousef


Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.


Although Hamlet and Craig are both different characters, they share similar characters with one another through their alike journey in life; both characters experience extreme sadness, and both characters fail to be with the woman of their dreams.


First Argument

1) Both Craig and Hamlet demonstrate their extreme sadness through their thoughts of wanting to kill themselves.

2) Craig expresses his thoughts when he said: "Does that mean I go to heaven? No, according to the Bible, suicide is a sin and I go straight to hell." (134).

3) "To be or not to be, that is the question: whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them" (3.1.56-60).

4) Not only do both characters want to commit suicide, but they are also thinking about it from a religious point of view.

Second Argument

1) Both Craig and Hamlet cannot be with their true love due to the fact that there are important people standing in their way.

2) "Problem was, no matter what girl I was talking to online, When I came to the end of the whole process, I would run to the bathroom. And As I knelt down in front of the tiolet, in the final few milliseconds, I would think about Nia" (Vizzini 92).

3) "He falls to such perusal of my face as 'a would draw it. Long stayed he so" (2.1.90-91)

Hero Mono-Myth

1) Craig was born in Brooklyn and he was part of a great and supportive family.

2) Craig was just a regular teenager and he worked hard in school and his call to adventure was getting accepted to Executive Pre-Professional High School, which he did.

3) After getting accepted, Craig becomes overwhelemd and begins suffering from depression.

4) Craig's parents find out and they continuously support him and try to find him help.

5) Craig is put in a hospital for five days amd within those five days he changes a lot. He begins to see life in a different light, and he returns as a positive teemager who is ready to change his life for the better.

Self-actualization & Carl Jung

1) at the end of the novel, Craig realized that he has it so much better than other people and that he should live life to the fullest.

2) throughout the novel, Craig shows many emotions, which make him appear feminine, which connects to the anima.

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1) Why do you think people suffer from depression?

2) How can one cure depression?