Throughout the Shakespearian play, Hamlet, the main character is given the overwhelming responsibility of avenging his father’s "foul and most unnatural murder" (I.iv.36). Such a burden can slowly drive a man off the deep end psychologically. Because of this, Hamlet’s disposition is extremely inconsistent and erratic throughout the play. At times he shows signs of uncontrollable insanity. Whenever he interacts with the characters he is wild, crazy, and plays a fool. At other times, he exemplifies intelligence and method in his madness. In instances when he is alone or with Horatio, he is civilized and sane. Hamlet goes through different stages of insanity throughout the story, but his neurotic and skeptical personality amplifies his persona of seeming insane to the other characters. Hamlet comes up with the idea to fake madness in the beginning of the play in order to confuse his enemies. However, for Hamlet to fulfill his duty of getting revenge, he must be totally sane. Hamlet’s intellectual brilliance make it seem too impossible for him to actually be mad, for to be insane means that one is irrational and without any sense. When one is irrational, one is not governed by or according to reason. So, Hamlet is only acting mad in order to plan his revenge on Claudius.
Madness is a condition in which is difficult to identify whether it is true or not. William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a drama in which the main character (Hamlet) devotes himself to avenge his father’s death. However, Hamlet does not know how to avenge his father. Hamlet shows signs of hesitation, depression, and even madness. The first two qualities, are explicit from the text. Hamlet’s madness however is a topic of debate even to this date. So the question is, was Hamlet truly mad? Hamlet was a man who struggled to express himself, this was evident throughout the play. Some believe that the death of his father drove Hamlet to apparent insanity. The prince displays erratic behaviors throughout the play because he does not know who he can trust in his own small circle. Those that were supposed to stand beside him have forsaken him and have left Hamlet surrounded by empty promises and lies. Hamlet behaves in an irrational manner to expose the transgressions of others and restore justice and peace to a world of deceit and chaos.
“To be insane or not to be insane- that is the question”. Throughout the course of the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, an ongoing theme that occurs numerous times is the question of whether or not Hamlet has actually gone mad. We must questions Hamlets madness crucially and examine whether he is indeed crazy, or just simply pretending as part of his master plan to get revenge on Claudius. Many people view this questionable statement differently. Is Hamlet really crazy? Is this all just an act? Can any of his madness rants be justified? With an abundant amount of proof, it is absolutely certain that Hamlet has legitimately gone mad. Although it is very possible that Hamlet had been pretending at first, there is no denying that he has certainly gone crazy over time.
By feigning insanity, Hamlet has the ability to safely investigate and avenge his father’s murder. Hamlet is aware that masking his actions behind his so called madness will prevent him from facing the consequences. There are several instances throughout the novel where Hamlet’s temporary bouts of instability portray him as a madman, but we are all human and eventually our emotions will get the best of us. Clearly, Hamlet is not insane. Insanity would mean that he has lost touch with reality, when all along he realizes what he’s doing and the consequences of his actions. Overall, feigning madness allows Hamlet to vent out his feelings without being severely judged by others, challenge the authority of King Claudius, and adapt new ideas.
Hamlet throughout the play seems insane but in reality it is only an act to achieve his goal of killing his father's murderer. Hamlet chooses to go mad so he has an advantage over his opponent and since he is the Prince of Denmark certain behavior is unacceptable, so by faking madness he is able to get away with inappropriate sayings and actions. We can see this when he talks to Claudius, Polonius, Ophelia and his mother. When Hamlet talks to Horatio in the first act he says how he is going to "feign madness" and that:
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.
Shakespeare 's play "Hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, Hamlet, who faces adversity and is destined to murder the individual who killed his father. Hamlet is a character who although his actions and emotions may be one of an insane person, in the beginning of the book it is clear that Hamlet decides to fake madness in order for his plan to succeed in killing Claudius. Hamlet is sane because throughout the play he only acts crazy in front of certain people, to others he acts properly and displays proper prince like behavior who is able to cope with them without sounding crazy, and even after everything that has been going on in his life he is able to take revenge by killing his
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.
William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, is the story about the Prince of Denmark’s struggle for revenge against his murderous uncle, who is now the new King of Denmark. Hamlet is stricken blind with revenge and has even been considered mad. Hamlet’s fall into insanity is a result of many different, tragic reasons. Throughout the entire play, Hamlet seems to be a loner, with a lack of true companionship. Most everyone seems to be against him throughout the play. They mistrust Hamlet, as he does them. He does not fully trust anyone, which will ultimately lead to his downfall. Hamlet does in fact have a tragic flaw that may lead him to disaster. Hamlet has a tendency to over think every thing he does. With every thought and process he goes through he must have a reason of doing it the way he does, and if they are not done how he likes, he will not attempt the task. Hamlet is portrayed as intelligent. This is shown through Hamlet’s use of his obviously superior mind and knowledge to deceive most everyone in the kingdom. He is clearly more intelligent than any other character in the play, and to us, the most human. His intelligence does get him into a great deal of trouble though. He must always prove for himself every thing that he is told. He cannot take anyone’s word for granted. Hamlet is meant to seem more psychotic and delusional the farther into the play the reader gets. Shakespeare meant for this. Without seeming crazy, Hamlet would not have the opportunity of revenging his father’s death. Hamlet’s pseudo madness is the very means for his revenge.
This internal struggle should say a lot to the reader about how they should interpret Hamlet’s behavior. Why call a man inherently bad or inherently insane when everything his higher education has led him to understand is being deeply challenged? Why even give a moment of consideration to the opinion of Claudius who is a known murderer? He arguably serves as the root of every problem that Hamlet faces in the play. Hamlet is, perhaps, simply misunderstood, and if a reader does not bear in mind what he undergoes emotionally and psychologically in the play, his behavior and actions may easily be mistaken for inherent insanity.