Analysis of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, we observe Hamlet as an incredibly complex and bewildering character that upon first glance, seems to undergo a plethora of predicaments. Upon identification of such obstacles, we begin to wonder about whether his entirely fictitious existence in the play classifies him as sane while the world around him is in a way, insane or vise-versa. In addition, one of the main problems that superficially seems to be at the root of his conflicts is his melancholy. This is a condition that has always identified with him throughout the entire play, even still presenting itself up until the very end of Act V. In conclusion, the cause of his affliction is generally simplistic but drawn-out, serving to impact his actions significantly.

Before deducing any response about his sanity, we must arrive on terms regarding his personality and his character traits and the logistics about the workings of the world around him which seems fairly small as the majority of the play takes place in Denmark, specifically the prestigious Elsinore Castle. Additionally, it’s assumed that the characters around him simulate his environment as Denmark itself does not pose much significant relevance aside from the fact that Hamlet admires Prince Fortinbras for his belligerence. First, Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus, “How strange or odd soe’er I bear myself” (Hamlet 1.5.171). This signifies that he’ll act strangely in the future in any way he sees fit. As a result, while his character may be prudent, reflexive and philosophical, he is still “prone to rash and impulsive acts of violence” (“Hamlet”, Sparknote Editors 1).

With this in mind, I believe Hamlet does cross the line between sanity and insanity b...

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...ted his actions and speech and as a result, influenced him. Finally, while there are many interpretations of his mental state, there’s definitive evidence that it did in-fact, alter his personality and intensified some of his character traits.

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