Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet's questionable madness is explored through his real madness, actions, and the reactions of others towards his behavior. In some cases, Hamlet's madness can be seen as real. For example, when he attempts to kill Claudius, but kills Polonius. In addition, Hamlet murders without sight of what he is doing, which displays his loss of reason for being mad. Also, we see evidence of Hamlet being mad even before he starts to ‘act like being mad.’ As is evident in the beginning of the play, Horatio and Marcellus tried to hold Hamlet back, but Hamlet rebelled.
In one instance when Hamlet speaks to Polonius, Hamlet states, “Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards; that their faces wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum” (2.2.197). In this interaction, Hamlet uses his feigned madness to his advantage to insult Polonius. Hamlet’s wit clearly shows that he has not yet lost his reason and is not mad. In this act, Polonius begins to believe that Hamlet has indeed gone mad, and he believes that the reason for his madness is Ophelia. Polonius explains to Claudius how he had advised Ophelia to “lock herself from his resort, admit no messengers, receive no tokens…into the
Insanity is difficult to determine because it is hidden in your mind and it develops over time. So is Hamlet insane or does he just act to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet decides to feign madness which he thinks will help him to discover the truth behind his father’s death. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet’s plan seems to be going smoothly as he throws some people off guard and he actually appears to be intentionally insane. However, as the story goes on, the pretending to be mad decreases a large amount and it seems that Hamlet is actually becoming insane.
(II.ii.293-297). The actions of the characters in Hamlet, from Hamlet's decision whether or not to kill Claudius to Gertrude's willful ignorance of her husband's doings, all lead to the often-gruesome fates that they encounter. Vengeance drives the central plot of Hamlet, as Haml... ... middle of paper ... ...faking it to fool Claudius. In conclusion, Hamlet’s insanity is much more ambiguous than his outright statement of putting on an “antic disposition” would imply. There are several moments in the play where he shows that he cannot really control his behavior, and right from the start he seems to be extremely emotional and violent in his outbursts.
In today’s society, William Shakespeare’s tragedy plays fascinate readers by highlighting characters’ flaws that lead them to their downfall. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare demonstrates the characters’ flaws make individuals victims of their own. According to Aristotle, “Men were full of self-control and were, therefore, responsible for their own actions. It was the tragic heroes’ own actions, then, that brought about the chaos and tragic events” (“Aristotle’s Poetics”). To display the characters’ flaws, Shakespeare uses three main characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius.
The act of overkill displayed during this scene shows his inability to control his own emotions. Therefore, such behavior depicts that of a madman. This very incident was the beginning of Hamlet’s unmasked madness. It is obvious that Claudius’s murder of the King drives Hamlet to despair. At first, Hamlet feigns his madness; however after his first kill he pushes aside any rationale he has left and becomes bloodthirsty for revenge.
Madness is a state-of-mind were a person loses their sanity, they are mentally ill. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet meets his deceased father in a ghost form only to inform him of who caused his death and wants revenge. Now Hamlet must avenge his father's death, and the only way he can do it in a less obvious approach is by acting mad. But as the play continues, it becomes a lot harder to tell if Hamlet is still sane due to his actions. In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare makes Hamlet's madness appear real but only to prove that he was only acting as if he were mad.
Hamlet was given multiple opportunities to complete his goal of revenge and kill the illegitimate King of Denmark. But when the time came, he couldn’t do it. The reason why is because Hamlet truly became mad, and this madness influenced Hamlet’s decisions. There’s evidence in the play that supports Hamlet is actually mad. Hamlet’s father died and he seems to be the only one concerned.
A Study of Madness in Hamlet I think that one of the most poignant themes of Hamlet is the presentation and importance of madness. We first see a glimpse of madness with Hamlet who pretends to be mad, using it as a cunning mask while he battles with his own mind and conscience over the idea of revenge. There is also the character of Ophelia who turns mad with grief when she hears of her father's death. Although while Hamlet is holding up this pretence of madness he slowly becomes drawn into a depression, which is so deep at some points it is unclear whether he is insane or deeply depressed, I would not call this depression madness in any way because the term madness is something more obvious. It is a very blunt expression, which automatically draws one to think so something very stereotypical; similar to how Hamlet deliberately acts.
Hamlet’s choice of words such as “like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause(580)” shows Hamlet’s feelings of uselessness for not being stirred to act upon the revenge he has pro... ... middle of paper ... ... This is seen in the line “the spirit that I have seen might be the devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape(610-612)”. I think that this reasoning is just an excuse for Hamlet’s procrastination as during his encounter with the ghost; he seemed to be somewhat convinced that the ghost is his father as he starts to think about revenge. He acts in a hypocritical manner, taking no actions into his own hands other than the staging of this play in which he will accomplish nothing. While Hamlet could infer that Claudius is guilty through the play, it will not put Hamlet any closer to the fulfillment of his promise and so Hamlet will find himself at the same position as before.