In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the lead character, Prince Hamlet of Denmark, has been interpreted in numerous ways. Throughout the play Hamlet takes on different personas, making it hard define him as only one character type. Often when critics analyze the character of Hamlet, they question his sanity because of his ambiguity soon after he sees his father's ghost. What does it mean to be insane? The definition of the word "insane" says that the person must "exhibit serious and debilitating mental disorders." does Hamlet truly go insane, is his father's ghost just a figment of his tormented imagination, or is Hamlet a smart actor who meticulously planned to avenge his father's death? Hamlet had to be sane because he definitely does not exhibit serious and debilitating mental disorders. Though it seems Hamlet is insane, there is evidence showing he could not have fit the definition of an insane man. Hamlet can be proven sane with the evidence that three other men witnessed the ghost of Hamlet's father; he states a list of rules on how to be a good thespian; and he follows them while carrying out his plan to avenge his father's death. Finally, he makes witty and factual comments throughout the play that show his sanity and ability to read into the actions of other characters.
In Hamlet the quality of sanity is hard to come by. Horatio, Polonius and Hamlet all exemplify this quality. They act intelligently, thinking through their actions unlike the insane characters. The major difference between the insane and sane characters is those who are truly mad do not think through their actions. For example, Ophelia, who picks flowers on the side of a cliff, which leads to her death. Sane characters such as Hamlet know what the result of their actions would bring, such as him writing a new play for the actors in order to discover if what the ghost had said was true. This difference between thought processes is what separates the sane from the mad. Hamlet’s madness i...
In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, there is much debate over whether Prince Hamlet is truly mad or feigning madness. Based on his actions and context clues, one can see that Hamlet is perfectly sane, if not a prodigy. His intellect, philosophical ideas, quick wit, and clever strategies makes it clear to readers that his "madness" is merely a masquerade.
In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet the main character Hamlet experiences many different and puzzling emotions. He toys with the idea of killing himself and then plays with the idea of murdering others. Many people ask themselves who or what is this man and what is going on inside his head. The most common question asked about him is whether or not he is sane or insane. Although the door seems to swing both ways many see him as a sane person with one thought on his mind, and that is revenge. The first point of his sanity is while speaking with Horatio in the beginning of the play, secondly is the fact of his wittiness with the other characters and finally, his soliloquy.
To begin with, Hamlet portrays himself as sane. Hamlet sanity can be recognized when mourning for his dead father
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he tells a story of Hamlet who has not only lost his father but has found that his uncle is the killer. To make matters worse, his uncle has married Hamlet’s mother making his father’s killer the new king. Throughout the play Hamlet appears to have gone insane. The characters in the play are left to wonder what has caused Hamlet’s sudden depart from reality. The main speculation is that his madness is due to the loss of his father and from a broken heart from the rejection of Ophelia, who is Hamlet’s love interest. The purpose of this paper is not to discuss why Hamlet was mad, but instead to argue that he was not mad at all. Since madness is one of the main themes of the play there have been many papers written on the Hamlet’s mental state of mind. Ernest Wolf wrote a paper where he classified theories of Hamlet’s mentality into groups. One of those groups in fact did classify Hamlet’s character as, “…representing a true feigned psychosis in a weak and indecisive soul” (Wolf, 1973). While there is clearly evidence to cause speculation that Hamlet was mad, there are plenty of people that believe that it was just another act in the play made to hide Hamlet’s grand plan to avenge the death of
Hamlet is a play that leaves you with your mouth gaping open as you ask yourself, “what just happened?”. There are so many open ended questions that will never be officially answered, leaving readers to interpret the play on their own. Was Hamlet truly in love with Ophelia? Did Gertrude know Claudius’s secret the whole time? Who is Fortinbras? These are the thoughts that make you question every piece of the play; these open ended questions are what makes William Shakespeare a timeless genius. People all over the world debate these thoughts still today, four centuries later. I would like to share with you my stance on one of these common debates: was Hamlet insane? Some signs of insanity include: inability to think critically, loss of morals, and loss of interest. Hamlet struggled throughout the play with mental and emotional challenges, but insanity was never truly present.
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the title character is insane. He kills a person, sends two more to their doom, plans another’s death, and is both suddenly active and haltingly inactive at various points in Shakespeare’s play. Yes, in certain circumstances all of these may be enacted by a person of sane character, but any examination of the play will show that Hamlet is not a sane character.
Hamlet is a tragedy written by the famous William Shakespeare. Hamlet goes insane in the play, because his mixture of love for his father and Ophelia. Then having hate to his mother and Claudius, because Hamlet knows what Claudius did to his father. Hamlet is normal in the beginning of the play. Then gets a visit from his dead father, and finds out his father was murdered. Hamlet’s father (Hamlet Sr.) wants Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet Sr. was the king, and then his brother, Claudius, wanted to be king. Next Claudius killed Hamlet Sr., and the short after that married his brother’s wife, Queen Gertrude. This is how Hamlet started to go insane, and make people worry about him. But somehow Hamlet going insane led to the truth about Hamlet
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare is a story of trickery, spying, and insanity. Each character is wrapped up in a complex plot of trying to trick or spy on someone else. All the characters have an outward appearance that masks their true emotions. Hamlets tactic is to pretend madness and in this way achieving the ability to disguise himself in order to find out information about others. This is done in an effort to find out whether Claudius is innocent of guilty of the king’s death. The 2004 Mariner Webster dictionary definition of sane is: mentally sound and healthy: sensible, rational. Through analysis of Hamlet’s interactions, actions, and thoughts it can be proven that Hamlet’s insanity is only a guise.