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In life of Hamlet as represented by Shakespeare, have a full history of a case of insanity of a peculiar kind (Kellogg). Hamlet is important to this play because not only is he the main character but he is also the most aware person in the play. Even though, Hamlet may be one of the most aware people in the play there is a side to Hamlet that gets the best of him. “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane” By Philip K. Dick. Though Hamlet often demonstrates awareness; his mind ultimately succumbs to insanity, which brings about his tragic end.
Hamlet shows awareness while being insane. “Hamlet’s salvation- his awareness of his human failings- comes only with his death” (Boyce 146). Boyce is saying that Hamlet’s awareness is starting to show and that it will eventually be the death of him because he is going crazy. He may seem aware and put on an act so people do not know that he is really crazy. He always knows what is going on and every plan that is put together behind his back. The first major plan that Shakespeare put into the play is where the King had called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to talk to Hamlet.
King. “And can you by no drift of conference
Get from him why he puts on this confusion,
Grating so harshly all his days of quiet
With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?”
Rosencrantz. “He does confess he feels himself distracted,
But from what cause he will by no means speak.”
Guildenstern. “Nor do we find him forward to be sounded,
But with a crafty madness keeps aloof
When we would bring him on to some confession
Of his true state (Shakespeare. III.i.1-10).
Hamlet is aware of the conversation that the King is having with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but at the same time o...


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... to think suicidal thoughts and, in the end, he kills himself. Shakespeare showed that in the play Hamlet a person's insanity does not have to affect their awareness.



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