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.
In the tragic play, Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, many people consider the main character to be insane. They believe this because Hamlet himself, pretends to be a mad man throughout the tragedies he endures. What one must do is study how he thinks and the rationality he shows during these disasters, all the while fooling everyone he is going mad just to get revenge on the new King. “Hamlet is never insane. He may approach the brink of insanity but he backs away and instead chooses to act insane in order to achieve his ends and eventually victory over Claudius,” it is all just part of the bigger plan.
The Antic Disposition of Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark In the tragedy by William Shakespeare; Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark, the character Hamlet’s madness turns into his reality rather than an antic disposition. Although, madness is a condition that is difficult to conclude whether it is true or not, Hamlet does go mad during his journey to avenge the death of his father. Hamlet goes on to accomplish his task without being noticed, he decided to put on an antic disposition in the beginning but by the end it becomes his reality. Consequently, he goes on to display episodes of erratic behavior. The writer of this tragic play; William Shakespeare leaves the audience to conclude whether Hamlet is just putting on an act of antic disposition or not just truly mad.
He realizes although it does look like his father, appearance isn't everything, and it might have been a demon trying to trick him into committing a deadly sin, namely, killing Claudius. Hamlet would only have been able to reason this if he had been in full control of his mental capacities. To test whether indeed the ghost was telling the truth, Hamlet has players perform a play before Claudius and the rest of the cast with events similar... ... middle of paper ... ...He condemns Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Claudius for committing acts that were deceitful and dishonorable: "Their defeat / Does by their own insinuation grow. … He that hath killed my king and whored my mother, Popped in between the election and my hopes, Thrown out his angle for my proper life, and with such cozenage," (5.2.58-67).
I think Hamlet is crying inside beacuse he suspects what really happened. People think Hamlet is insane but he is really only acting. After Hamlet has spoken to the ghost, and Horatio and Marcellus find him, emotionally disturbed he says, "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on... to note that you know aught of me--this do swear". (Act 1, scene 5, line 191-192, 201) This means if I (Hamlet) act crazy in the future, don't take it seriously, I am just acting. Hamlet acting crazy will help him prove that his uncle indeed killed his father.
She does not see the Ghost he is talking to, so she says it is a hallucination caused by his “ecstasy”, or madness. She is not the only one who comments on Hamlet’s new mindset. Polonius tells Gertrude her son is mad. He tells her about the letter Hamlet wrote Ophelia, and how they must get to the resource of his madness because what he is saying is vile. Gertrude believes that Hamlet’s cruel rejection of Ophelia was triggered by the death of his father.
In the beginning of “Hamlet”, the ghost of Hamlet's father appears on the scene, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death. By that he is put in a position where he had to accomplish that task, but in secrecy, so he decides to fake his madness. His behavior and moods throughout the play frequently change. So, Shakespeare basically leaves the audience to decide whether Hamlet is truly mad or not. Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet's questionable madness is explored through his real madness, actions, and the reactions of others towards his behavior.
Hamlet's Sanity Throughout Shakespeare?s play, Hamlet, the main character, young Hamlet, is faced with the responsibility of attaining vengeance for his father?s murder. He decides to feign madness as part of his plan to gain the opportunity to kill Claudius. As the play progresses, his depiction of a madman becomes increasingly believable, and the characters around him react accordingly. However, through his inner thoughts and the apparent reasons for his actions, it is clear that he is not really mad and is simply an actor simulating insanity in order to fulfill his duty to his father. Hamlet only claims madness because it allows him to say and perform actions he otherwise would be prohibited from, while keeping people from taking his actions seriously.
Hamlet´s plan to fake insanity lets him express his feelings, make new plans, and obtain information, in order to eventually kill Claudius, and of course the people wouldn’t take his actions seriously. In the play, he widely proves this when he expresses sexual comments to... ... middle of paper ... ...mlet to England in order to kill him certainly illustrates us that Claudius is aware of Hamlet´s knowledge regarding his father´s murder. Perhaps because of the play, or perhaps other reason, but this ratifies that Claudius doesn’t believe in Hamlet´s madness. So why should we? Finally, undeniable evidence of Hamlet rational ability is shown in the comparison with a truly insane individual, just as Ophelia became mad after her father died.
These examples of Hamlet’s act of madness were what made the other characters believe that Hamlet was truly mad, which put everyone right where Hamlet wanted them to be. Hamlet was not mad, he only pretended to be. Hamlet felt that the only way he could get revenge for his father was by convincing everyone else that he was mad. But the play showed Hamlet’s act ... ... middle of paper ... ...e forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.” – Hamlet, line 3 of Act 4, Scene 4,. 2.