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.
He seems to step very easily into the role of a madman, behaving erratically and upsetting the other characters with his wild speech and pointed innuendos. It is also important to note that Hamlet is extremely depressed and unhappy with the state of affairs in Denmark and in his own family. At a number of points in the play, he contemplates his own death and even the option of suicide. Hamlet is a man of thought' forced to become a `man of action' because right from the start of the play, he is expected to take revenge/action for the murder of his father. His contrast of philosopher and revenger is shown throughout the play, either by the thoughts of the torments of this burden, decisions he has to make or actions he is expected to take.
Our Prince’s condition get so bad that he reaches the point of madness. This can be observed first when Hamlet is approached by his father’s ghost. This aspect of the play seems plausible due to the presents of several other characters who witnessed this. It is important, nonetheless, because Shakespeare uses scene drives the idea of revenge deep into Hamlet’s head. His condition clearly worsened when he killed Ophelia’s father, Polonius.
Hamlet's Hesitation as his Tragic Flaw in Hamlet by Shakespeare In the play Hamlet, Hamlet is described as daring, brave, loyal, and intelligent. However, he is always consumed by his own thoughts, this being his tragic flaw. There are numerous times Hamlet does not act when he should, like his inability to act on his father's murder, his mother's marriage, and his uncle's assuming of the throne. 'Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder,' says the ghost of Hamlet. The fact that his own uncle could kill his father leaves Hamlet dumbfounded and confused.
Suicides along with murder are against Hamlets religious beliefs and are the wor... ... middle of paper ... ...ed her horribly and degraded her by saying she was unfit and promiscuous. The confusing relationship she had with Hamlet and death of her father led to Ophelia’s madness and soon after suicide. He was the cause of the murder this is the deterioration of his character and see it when he confesses his love for Ophelia at her funeral that its too late. Hamlet starts of what may be considered a tragic hero but his fear and overthinking led to being influenced by the corruption around him he was neither strong nor had characteristics that position him above the average person. In every situation he got into he reacted like a normal person rather then a hero.
Hamlet has many troubles, because he has thought of committing suicide. It shows in the play that many things are bothering him, because of his erratic behaviour. Many times in this play, Hamlet portrays his struggle internally, that prevents him from acting on his tasks. Hamlet is struggling inside of himself whether the ghost was a good spirit or evil one. Hamlet debates within himself whether or not to kill Claudius and seek revenge.
The way Hamlet responds to the situation, rash and without a thought, are the similar characteristics of a mad man. At this point his madness appears very real but it could all be part of his plan to avenge his father's death by making people really believe his was insane making it less obvious of his real inte... ... middle of paper ... ... they discover the real cause of his madness, even though he is pretending to be mad, it gives Hamlet more time to avenge his father since they are focusing on what caused it instead of what he will do next. In the end, it may seem like his madness was real, but throughout the whole play he only pretends to be mad. The way Hamlet was able to face on certain situations proves that he is not mad, but was trying his hardest to do the task assigned by his father. He may have made some rash decision but he only made them because if he were to wait, it could have ruined his whole plan of avenging his father by faking his madness.
How Shakespeare Portrays Madness in Hamlet Many questions have been raised about Hamlets madness. Whether it was an act, or that his father’s death and his ghost genuinely drove him to the brink of madness. Along side with Hamlet, further on in the play Polonius’s death brought Ophelia and the audiences to question her own sanity as well. Although Hamlets madness and Ophelia’s are caused by the same thing, the death of their father, they both have very different consequences to their new found personality change. Hamlets madness itself was represented as an act, from an audience’s point of view we know his anti disposition is an act, but this piece of dramatic irony brings a lot of despair for the rest of the characters.
Was Hamlet truly mad..... or was it all a big act to keep his vengeful motives confidential. Hamlet is seen to be a tradegy in many eyes. Hamlet is on a quest to avenge his father’s death. Most would say that the fact that he saw the ghost of his dead father would be enough to warrant that he is insane. The only fact that hinders this observation is the fact that others saw the ghost as well and were even the ones who told Hamlet of his appearance.