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Insanity - “ The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success, “ as Bruce Feirstein would say. The insane are merely the ones who are not given their chance to change the world. They are, instead, locked away before society begins to take grip on the ravings of the mad man. Genius, on the other hand, is what is created when the insane are given their time to speak out. When Renfield began to address himself to the question he was confronted with, he did so with the utmost impartiality of the completest sanity....   [tags: Psychology] 905 words
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Insanity - Forever has insanity plagued our lives. From the beginning of those out of the norm were labeled out of their minds. We look back at the old chiefs and medicine men and what do we see. Men who must have lacked just a few brain cells to think up those crazy ideas. And we’d hate to be one of them. None of us want to be labeled crazy, out of our minds. Insane. It is the one constant fear in humans. It’s what is hiding under our beds, in our closest, at ages so young we still have night lights. It causes us to scream, hide, call for some one else to come help us fight it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1012 words
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Insanity Plea - ... Along with the examination of his patients, support is given by a numerous amount of sources he used to back his claim. In contrast to George Palermo, the authors of “Demythologizing Inaccurate Perceptions of the Insanity Defense,” Eric Silver, Carmen Cirincione, and Henry Steadman, provide their viewpoint on the insanity plea. They support the current version of the insanity plea and their reasoning is that people are only against the plea because they are not well informed about it. In a study of public opinion, data collected found that “91% of respondents agreed that ‘judges and juries have a hard time telling whether the defendants are really sane or insane.’ Eighty-nine percent agreed that ‘the insanity plea is a loophole that allows too many guilty people to go free.’ Eighty-nine percent agreed that ‘the insanity defense allows dangerous people out on the streets’” (Silver 64)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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The Insanity Defense - Each state, and the District of Columbia, has its own statute outlining the standard for determining whether a defendant is legally insane, therefore not responsible, at the time the crime is committed. “An insanity defense is based on the theory that most people can choose to follow the law; but a few select persons cannot be held accountable because mental disease or disability deprives them of the ability to make a rational / voluntary choice. Such individuals need special treatment as opposed to prison; punishment is not likely to deter future antisocial conduct of these mentally diseased individuals.” Retrieved on 5/25/2010 from http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/hinckley/EVOL.HTM There are basically two categories, the M’Naghten Rule and the American Law Institute Model....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Insanity Defense - ... Hinckley shot 6 bullets at the president, severely wounding him and also wounding 3 others. In his trial, Hinckley was acquitted of attempted murder by a NGRI (not guilty reason of insanity) verdict, because the prosecution could not prove, beyond a doubt, that John Hinckley was not insane. This shocked the nation, as most felt that “justice had not been done” (Collins). Although there is ample proof that shows that Hinckley was not a normal-acting person, there is no evidence showing that Hinckley was unaware of the wrongness of his actions....   [tags: Law]
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Ciminal Insanity - ... This is important because in a Canadian court system two things must be proven for a person to be convicted guilty of a crime; Mens Rea and Actus Reus. Actus Reus is Latin for “guilty act” meaning they committed the crime. Mens rea is Latin for “guilty mind” meaning they meant to commit the act. Someone who is criminally insane might be unable to form intent, they do not understand that the person may die, or that the object they are taking does not belong to them, then how can they be convicted of the crime....   [tags: Judicial Criminal System]
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Hamlet's Insanity - Riddled with ambiguity by its very nature, the text of William Shakespeare's Hamlet has been a commonly debated subject in literary circles since its first performance. The character Hamlet undergoes intense physical and emotional hardship in his quest for revenge against his despicable uncle. This hardship, some argue, leads to an emotional breakdown and, ultimately, Hamlet's insanity. While this assessment may be suitable in some cases, it falls short in others. Since Hamlet is a play, the ultimate motivation of each of the characters borrows not only from the text, but also from the motivations of the actors playing the parts....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Essence of Insanity - ... While the wife is already struggling with depression, being placed in a prison-like setting assists in the degeneration of her mind . She slowly goes insane by the treatment that she is given. John’s intention for his wife’s treatment away from social contact is for her to acquire her strength and to rejuvenate from the nervous depression that he diagnosed her with. He does not consider his wife’s consistent complaints of being sick, but dismisses them because of her fragile nature. Additionally, he leaves no room for her to express creativity and gives her no authority in her own treatment....   [tags: ] 2199 words
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The Insanity Defense - Insanity Defense When someone commits a crime, he or she may use mental illness as a defense. This is called an insanity plea or insanity defense. What the insanity defense does is try to give the alleged perpetrator a fair trial. At least in extreme cases, society agrees with this principle. The problem is where do we draw the line. Under what circumstances is a person considered insane, and when are they not. The trouble with the insanity defense in recent years is the assumption that virtually all criminals have some sort of mental problem....   [tags: Papers]
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Insanity Defense - Insanity Defense *Missing Works Cited* "Insanity is defined as a mental disorder of such severity as to render its victim incapable of managing his affairs or conforming to social standards." (Insanity, pg. 1) It is used in court to state that the defendant was not aware of what he/she was doing at the time of the crime, due to mental illnesses. But insanity is a legal, not a medical, definition. There is a difference between mental illness and going insane. Many problems are raised by the existence of the insanity defense....   [tags: Papers] 1470 words
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The Insanity Plea - The Insanity Plea The insanity plea is a poor excuse for serious lawbreakers, and should have no bearing in the sentencing of criminals. All criminal cases today have three ways in which a defendant can plea. Guilty, not guilty, or Insanity. The word insane is a legal term. Because research has identified many different mental illnesses of varying severities, it is now too simplistic to describe a severely mentally ill person merely as insane. The federal law states that insanity is a fair defense if " at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the defendants as a result of sever mental disease or defect was unable to appreciate the nature and quality of the wrongfulness of his acts"(Knowles)....   [tags: Papers] 1150 words
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Insanity Plea - Insanity Plea Insanity, comes from the Latin word sanus, meaning healthy. Insane is meant to be the opposite, sick or of unsound mind. # In the court of law, the jury must prove that at the time of the crime, the defendant was not in a sane mind. The attorneys job is to prove without a doubt, that the defendant was not in control of their actions, at the time the crime was committed. Once this is done and the verdict is given, if found guilty by reason of insanity, the person is usually sent to a mental hospital, where treatment can be give....   [tags: Papers] 1077 words
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The Insanity Defense - The Insanity Defense Former U.S president Ronald Reagan was shot by a man named John Hinckley in the year 1981. The president along with many of his entourage survived the shooting despite the heavy infliction of internal and external injuries. The Hinckley case is a classic example of the 'not guilty by reason of insanity' case (NGRI). The criminal justice system under which all men and women are tried holds a concept called mens rea, a Latin phrase that means "state of mind". According to this concept, Hinckley committed his crime oblivious of the wrongfulness of his action....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Hamlets Insanity - The question of Hamlet’s insanity is a question raised by many people, is Hamlet a great actor, or has he lost complete sense of what’s real. There is no right answer, there is no wrong answer, many readers have different perceptions on what really was going through Hamlet’s head. My perception is that hamlet comes full circle with his insanity, and at points lets it get the best of him, and brings him down to a extremely low point. In the beginning of the novel that Hamlet’s spirits aren’t all there, and his soul is disturbed, by the death of his father....   [tags: essays research papers] 936 words
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Hamlets Insanity - The Darkness of Insanity Insanity is an ever growing black hole which envelopes the pitiful mind of the its victim. The mental condition of Hamlet has been well debated throughout the years even though in Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet does admit that his madness is an elaborate scheme. Many see this fact as a way to discredit the idea of Hamlet’s insanity but one should also take into consideration the amount of proven psychopaths who constantly admit to their sanity. Through his actions and emotions prevalent through the play, Hamlet does indeed prove his insanity despite his denial of it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1779 words
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The Insanity Of Hamlet - Missing Works Cited In William Shakespeare?s Hamlet, Hamlet leads an antic disposition that causes his downfall and leads him to insanity. His antic disposition affects his judgment, destroys relationships and creates a belief that he is truly mad. Throughout the play, Hamlet is consumed with anger which causes him to act through emotion and without reason. Hamlet?s main goal is to avenge the death of his father but, his actions to do so are hindered because of the irrational decisions he has made through the antic disposition he has put on....   [tags: essays research papers] 1534 words
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Is Insanity Normal? - Is Insanity Normal. Works Cited Missing We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad -The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Have you ever questioned your sanity. Have you ever wished you could change, for even one day, and be the person that others wanted you to be. Have you ever actually made that change, either by choice or by force. Do you think you’re normal. Maybe you’ve lived the most normal life you could imagine. Or maybe not. Maybe you’re life is so abnormal and outrageous that you don’t wish to be normal....   [tags: Mental Illness Insane Crazy Norm essays] 3463 words
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The Standard for Insanity - "The Standard for Insanity" Since Pat Barker's Regeneration is set in a mental hospital, it seems fitting that questions about mental disease and the definition of sanity should be raised. At the very start of the book, Rivers and Bryce are discussing the case of Siegfreid Sassoon, a dissenting officer of the British army. As they discuss his diagnosis of "neurasthenia," Barker is laying the groundwork for one of Regeneration's many themes: no one is completely qualified to judge the sane from the insane, for insanity finds its way into us all....   [tags: Barker Regeneration Essays]
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Falling into Insanity - Falling into Insanity As readers of great novels, we are continuously examining and explaining the actions and thoughts of characters. Are we the only ones. Or do the characters actually analyze their own thoughts and actions as we do. In Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, the protagonist, Werther, tells the story of his love for Lotte and the ensuing hardships through letters to his friend and confidante, Wilhelm. Through various situations and excerpts from his letters, we see Werther simply gliding through life, not pondering the motivations for his thoughts and actions, or even questioning his own state-of-mind; the effects of this lack of self-awareness negatively affect him and eventually lead him to commit suicide....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Insanity in Hamlet - Hamlet: A look Inside the Insanity Many people have seen Hamlet as a play about uncertainty and about Hamlet's failure to act appropriately. It is very interesting to consider that the play shows many uncertainties that lives are built upon, or how many unknown quantities are taken for granted when people act or when they evaluate one another's actions. Hamlet is an especially intriguing production, both on the set and on the screen because of its uniqueness to be different from what most people expect to be in a revenge themed play....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1572 words
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Hamlets Insanity - Hamlet’s Insanity…is it real. In William Shakespeare’s Play Hamlet, many issues have been raised about Hamlet’s over all sanity. He has experienced many things that might make one think he has gone crazy, for example, his father’s murder, killing Polonius accidentally, and his mother’s abrupt remarriage. Hamlet begins to act shady towards the middle to the end of the play while talking to others. In several scenes it appears that Hamlet has gone crazy....   [tags: essays research papers] 1012 words
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The Reality of Insanity - The development of the world has lots of good advantages for men; but besides all these it has also bad effects, too; as the illnesses and most importantly the mental illnesses. As the centuries go on our responsibilities get much harder and this causes stress and some other mental diseases, too, to some people and this makes a danger; but I'm not talking about the ones who are consciously in mental hospitals. The main idea is that, we call the people who are in these hospitals insane; but maybe they are saner than the ones who are out in the society because the ones who are consciously in these hospitals are the ones who are aware of them and willing to be healed....   [tags: Philosophy] 768 words
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Was Hamlet Faking His Insanity? - In Hamlet, he seems to be mad, but there is a question that everyone asks when reading or watching this play “was it, or was it not true that Hamlet was faking his insanity, really suffering, or maybe even both.” First, this is what insanity is: insanity is acting crazy, but not knowing that they’re acting crazy. Also, it’s going through a lot of stress at the same time causing you to act stranger then a normal person. Hamlet was not totally insane. It doesn’t fit. I’m not saying that Hamlet was faking the whole thing....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Use of Insanity and Madness in Hamlet - ... His comment to his friends best describes his madness when he says, “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from handsaw” (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 378-379). Hamlet is insane only when he thinks it is best for him to be insane. He uses his insanity as a way to vent his feelings toward others in the play. Hamlet’s display of insanity allows him to prove that Claudius did in face murder his father. After seeing the ghost of his father, Hamlet vows to avenge his father’s death and decides to pretend to be insane; this will help him prove Claudius’ guilt....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1152 words
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The Drive Towards Insanity - ... Poe masterfully uses detailed descriptions and symbolism with every passage he writes. Nina Baym, an American literary critic, stated that in Poe’s stories “the landscape often acts while the protagonist remains passive” (Oliver). Poe brilliantly adds diverse settings, and complex symbols to add an invisible layer of thought to his work. The narrator’s cat Pluto, takes the same name as the ruler of the underworld in Greek mythology (Pluto). He is described by the narrator to be “sagacious to an astonishing degree”, meaning very intelligent and having excellent judgment....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Feminism, Insanity or Both - ... Discouraging the thoughts she speaks and writes about the horrid yellow wallpaper, John wants to have power over what she is thinking (115). The narrator says, “There comes John, and I must put this away–he hates to have me write a word” (Gilman 146). John feels that as the man of the family, he is the only one who should work. The narrator is not meant to work as far as he is concerned, but be a typical housewife. Although he prescribes a regimen to get her well, the assurance he presents to her once again is manipulating her....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Willy Loman's Descent Into Insanity - ... Although it is Biff whom Willy believes will succeed most in life, Happy Loman and his father Willy share many characteristics, which perhaps saves Willy’s sanity. They share the same drive for business, and both take life a little more seriously than others do. Willy also prefers Happy because he did not disappoint him like Biff did. Also they share a scandalous taste in women, as seen by Happy’s constant womanizing and Willy’s affair with another woman. Nevertheless, these affairs, like business, fail to satisfy them (Shmoop N.P.)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Revenge, Insanity, Murder & Poe - ... It is that eye by which he is consumed and that eye that sends him into madness. It pushes him to wish to never have to look upon, or be looked upon by, that eye again. His solution, in what seems a rational choice to him, is to kill the old man. With a similar precision as the Montresor took in “The Cask of Amontillado”, the man in “The Tell-Tale Heart” has devoted himself to the perfect method to dispatch the old man. The point of view each story is told from is a key factor to the unfolding of the events....   [tags: Literature] 1330 words
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Homeless Problem: Stop the Insanity - Stop the Insanity “No vision haunts America’s conscience more then the sight of the street people….The irrationality and anguish that grip so many of these individuals leap out during any encounter, whether in Washington or Albuquerque.” - US Senator Pete Domenici, 1972-2009 People who live at poverty level and have mental disorders are more likely to become homeless. Unfortunately, police and emergency personnel are not always trained to evaluate mental illness. Hospitals do not treat homeless people for underlying conditions such as mental illness....   [tags: Homeless Shelter, Homelessness]
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Hamlet's Insanity; Real or Feigned - ... “The madness is part of the complex game Hamlet plays: as prince and fool, he uses it both to resist Claudius’s sovereignty, and to evade the revenge encounter at the same time” (Salkeld 92). No matter how much anger he had towards his uncle Claudius, Hamlet followed his plan so that he wouldn’t fall to submission. Although Salkeld mentions that Hamlet wanted to avoid an encounter with Claudius and was acting as a prince and also as a fool, Salkeld fails to mention that Hamlet wanted to commit suicide because he didn’t want to be controlled by Claudius’ power as King....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 2028 words
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The Definition of Insanity as it Relates to Criminal Offences - What is insanity. When a person is considered insane. What should society do if an "insane" person commits a felony. These questions have perplexed society for many years. What the insanity defense does is try to give these people a fair trial. At least in extreme cases, people agree with this principle. The problem is where we draw the line. Under what circumstances is a person considered insane, and when are they not. One important point that you must understand is that the crime itself, no matter how atrocious, does not demonstrate insanity....   [tags: Criminal Justice, argumentative, persuasive] 427 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity and Hamlet - Hamlet and Insanity   The following five paragraphs will cover the point of: What is insainity. How does Hamlet tie in with insainity. What or who is the cause of insainity. While I try to overcome these questions to tackle the true answers, you will be thinking and deciding for yourself if Hamlet is "insane" or not. What does insainity. The Webster's New World Dictionary--Third College Edition defines it as "mentally ill or deranged; demented; mad; senseless." My defintion is not as cruel as the dictionary's definition....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 583 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet and Insanity - Hamlet and Insanity          William Shakespeare’s supreme tragic drama Hamlet does not answer fully for many in the audience the pivotal question concerning the sanity of Hamlet – whether it is totally feigned or not. Let us treat this topic in detail, along with critical comment.   George Lyman Kittredge in the Introduction to The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, explains the prince’s rationale behind the entirely pretended insanity:   In Shakespeare’s drama, however, Hamlet’s motive for acting the madman is obvious....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity within Hamlet - Insanity within Hamlet         Let us explore in this essay the real or feigned madness of the hero in William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet.   Critical opinion is divided on this question. A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy staunchly adheres to the belief that Hamlet would cease to be a tragic character if he were really mad at any time in the play (30). On the other hand, W. Thomas MacCary in Hamlet: A Guide to the Play maintains that the prince not only feigns insanity but also shows signs of true insanity:   Hamlet feigns madness but also shows signs of true madness) after his father’s death and his mother’s overhasty remarriage; Ophelia actually does go mad after her father’s death at the hands of Hamlet....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Insanity: A Separation between the Ordinary and the Extraordinary - ... This is shown in her letter where she has written,” you are all we have to look to. Dounia and I, you are all our one hope our one stay,” (30). This is important because it reveals her life and her goals are all focused on Rodion. Here it is also clear because, she is distressed by the absence of a letter from him during a two month period, claiming on the same page that it has”-even kept [her] awake at night.” Further she continues in her letter that Dounia is getting married: we learn that this engagement is purely for Rodion’s benefit as well....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Crime and Punishment] 1315 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity in Hamlet - Insanity in Hamlet         A consideration of the madness of the hero Hamlet within the Shakespearean drama of the same name, shows that his feigned madness sometimes borders on real madness, but probably only coincidentally.   Hamlet’s conversation with Claudius is insane to the latter. Lawrence Danson in “Tragic Alphabet” describes how Hamlet’s use of the syllogism is pure madness to the king:   What Hamlet shows by his use of the syllogism is that nothing secure can rest on the falsehood that masquerades as the royal order of Denmark....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity - Hamlet: The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity         Shakespeare, through his intricate uses of symbolism and dramatic irony, arranges a brilliantly detailed account of how Hamlet's mental upheaval served as the driving force of Ophelia's  swelling insanity  and imminent suicide.  He floods the early acts with an impending sense of confusion within Ophelia, for her feelings toward hamlet greatly contrast those of her brother and father.  Ophelia begins to willingly take heed of her family's advice as the prince finds himself removed from a lucid pattern of thought....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 833 words
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Hamlet: Unchecked Passion is The Bridge to Insanity - ... 64-68) To the careful reader of Hamlet, the prince’s struggle with himself is something that contributes greatly to his role as a tragic hero. The tragedy in this struggle; however, is that it peels away the layers to his personality and his sanity, and it is for this very reason that Ralph A. McCanse writes, “So impelling are Hamlet’s concession to extreme feeling, so impulsive and excessive are his indulgences in emotion, that his real tragedy in the play is less the outer one of personal death than the inner one of a certain insidious deterioration of character” (“Hamlet’s Lack of Balance” 477)....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Anti Insanity Defense - Anti Insanity Defense The insanity defense refers to that branch of the concept of insanity which defines the extent to which men accused of crimes may be relieved of criminal responsibility by virtue of mental disease. The terms of such a defense are to be found in the instructions presented by the trial judge to the jury at the close of a case. These instructions can be drawn from any of several rules used in the determination of mental illness. The final determination of mental illness rests solely on the jury who uses information drawn from the testimony of "expert" witnesses, usually professionals in the field of psychology....   [tags: essays papers] 3624 words
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Sane Hamlet and Mad Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Sane Hamlet and Mad Ophelia         In Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates a theme of madness with two characters: one truly mad, and one only acting mad to serve a motive. The madness of Hamlet is frequently disputed. This paper argues that the contrapuntal character in the play, namely Ophelia, acts as a balancing argument to the other character's madness or sanity.  Shakespeare creates a contrasting relationship between the breakdown of Ophelia and the "north-north-west" brand of insanity used by Hamlet in that while Hamlet's character offers more evidence for a contriving manipulation, Ophelia's breakdown is quick, but more conclusive in its precision....   [tags: Madness and Insanity]
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A History of the Treatment of Insanity - A History of the Treatment of Insanity Over the course of history, insanity has been subjected to a wide variety of treatments. Attempts to cure the mentally ill or simply relieve "normal" society of the problems caused by insanity have ranged from outright cruelty to higher degrees of humanity in today's society. This paper gives a brief overview of insanity--its believed causes and subsequent treatments--from primitive times up to the nineteenth century. There are two known traditions for diagnosis and treatment of mental illness: spiritual/religious and naturalistic/scientific....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Sanity of Hamlet - The Sanity of Hamlet        One of the most controversial questions surrounding William Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, is whether or not the title character was insane or merely acting. By examining Hamlet and his actions throughout the play against the characteristics of sanity, such as the ability to reason and knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, it will be shown that Hamlet was in fact sane.   Many have tried to determine sanity by proving him insane. However, this is difficult because Hamlet states he will act insane to exact revenge upon Claudius (1.5.180-181)....   [tags: Madness and Insanity]
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Defining the Neurobiology of Insanity - Defining the Neurobiology of Insanity: Law, Science, and the I-function Reconciled During the last week or so of class, after a semester of being teased with glimpses of, allusions to, and deferred explanations for the I-function, we at last came face to face with this previously elusive property of the nervous system which allows us to experience experience. The detour was necessary, for it corrected the general misconception that something like an I-function encompasses everything that makes one an individual and defines one's unique personality; it demonstrated the true importance of "the rest" of the nervous system....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Insanity and Legal Action - Insanity and Legal Action Schopenhauer’s theory of madness as a defect of memory, while unquestionably dated, nonetheless retains significant intuitive appeal and is at least reconcilable with modern understandings of mental function and insanity.1 If accepted as a working theory in conjunction with a more modern understanding of the operation of the brain, the theory leads to a conception of insanity as a failure of understanding of consequences. In turn, this conception may help explain precisely why the insane are not considered responsible for their actions, and may suggest that the insane cannot be said to have acted at all....   [tags: Law]
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Complacence as a Facet of Insanity in Hamlet - To the ignorant and self-oblivious person, the true individuality of a man’s self is presumed through his ability to possess an apt and socially preferable state of mind. Quite ironic in fact—and if I’m not mistaken—the widespread consensus regarding human identity, is that it is at its most ripe, and fertile upon one’s inevitable decision to conform to the mass. Such logic is somewhat of a paradox-in-itself and if we deconstruct the meaning of the terms ‘conform’ and ‘individuality’ their contrast is vast, and their apparent use is irrational, therefore all aspects of the human mind remain complacent, and mundane to a certain degree that it erases any former beliefs of a unique human being....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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Macbeth's tragic insanity - Insanity is defined as “[the] inability to understand the nature and consequences of one's acts or of events, matters, or proceedings in which one is involved.” In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the protagonist turned antagonist, Macbeth, was once “valour’s minion” (I.ii.16) a loyal and devoted nobleman of Scotland. However, he commits a heinous act of regicide in order to ascend the throne, only to become a tyrant who in the end was regarded as nothing but a “dead butcher” (V.ix.35). Macbeth was unarguably sane in the beginning of the play, however, at the end of the play its unclear whether or not Macbeth truly was a “deranged blood hound” (V.ii.32), or if he was still acting on his own accord....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Question of Madness in Hamlet        In Shakespeare's Hamlet, there are two characters that display qualities of insanity.  They are Hamlet and Ophelia.  Although they both appear to be mad at times, their downfall (or supposed downfall) is quite different.  Ophelia's crazed characteristics show up and intensify quite rapidly, until she is ultimately led to suicide.  Her madness seems definite, and it is never questioned.  The insanity or sanity of the main character is an arguable question.  The issue can be discussed both ways, with significant support to either theory....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet and Insanity       William Shakespeare’s creation of the character of Hamlet within the tragedy of that name left open the question of whether the madness of the protagonist is entirely feigned or not. This essay will treat this aspect of the drama.   George Lyman Kittredge in the Introduction to The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, explains the lack of success with Hamlet’s pretended insanity, and in so doing he implies that the madness is entirely feigned and not real:   The necessity for some device like the play within the play is due to the failure of Hamlet’s assumed madness to achieve its purpose....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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