Similarly, in another scene, he is able to tell Polonius his true feelings through his guise. Upon Polonius deciding to ?take leave? of Hamlet, Hamlet replies, ?You cannot, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal (2.2.233).? Furthermore, Hamlet uses his madness as almost an excuse, and definitely part of his apology, towards Laertes for his murdering of Polonious. Would a madman be able realize he was mad and call his actions uncontrollable?
On the other hand, Hamlet acts sane when acting insane is unnecessary. When he talks to Horatio about watching Claudius for signs of guilt during the play, he says "Give him heedful note, for I mine eyes will rivet his face, and, after, we will both our judgments join in censure of his seeming." (Crowther ) If he was truly mad he wouldn’t think in such an organized manner. Hamlet did not act insane with Horatio because he had no reason to, since it was his close friend whom he trusts. Also, when he is explaining to the players how ... ... middle of paper ... ...ind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles...With this regard, their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action (Act III, Scene I, 58-89)."
Hamlet was always annoyed with Polonius and his garrulous speeches, but reacted not in an irrational way, but to the contrary, with the most simple, though rude, coherent answers. If Hamlet were truly mad, he would not have been able to give make such a guileless and processed ... ... middle of paper ... ...te plots, such as the play. Hamlet’s feigned insanity was all a part of his overall scheme to avenge his father, King Hamlet. In addition, Hamlet’s feigned insanity fooled Polonius into believing that he was simply mad with love for Ophelia. Because Polonius was the king’s advisor, he was greatly trusted by King Claudius.
In act I, scene V of the play, the audience learns of the “antic disposition” that Hamlet will be putting on (Shakespeare). In this scene, he tells the audience that he plans to act insane in order to get away with killing Claudius. He believes that by acting insane no one will suspect him of doing anything such as that. To many critics the “whole conduct of Hamlet’s madness is too ludicrous” and in fact he has really gone mad ( Stubbers). For Hamlet to come out and say that he is planning to act insane is, on the other hand, “purely and adequately a man of genius” (Strachey).
Most critics maintain that Hamlet only pretends madness and then only at certain times. They are supported by Hamlet's explicit avowal to Horatio after he has seen the ghost of his father that he plans tofeign madness, and that if Horatio notices any strange behavior from Hamlet, it is because he is putting on an act. "How strange or odd soe' er I bear myself- As I, perchance, hereafter shall I think meet To put an antic disposition on-" ... ... middle of paper ... ...tellectual capacity and unfocused "excess" of thinking could be the source of his tragedy. Hamlet as we have seen is an extremely philosophical and contemplative character. His ability to undergo drastic changes of mentality is beyond that of a psychotic but more of a character whose inner turmoil and downright melancholy, has resulted in drastic actions.
There is much evidence in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that the titular character deliberately feigned fits of madness in an attempt to confuse and disorient Claudius and his cadre. His explicitly stated intention to act "strange or odd" and to "put an antic disposition on" (I. v. 170, 172) is not the only indication. The latter phrase should be taken in its context and in connection with Hamlet’s other remarks on the same topic. To his old friend, Guildenstern, he says that "his uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived," and that he is only "mad north-north-west." (II.
Hamlet’s first soliloquy begins with, “O that this too sullied flesh would melt,” (1.2.133). This reveals that he is depressed and appalled, but does not provide any evidence of insanity. In the same act Hamlet also directly tells Horatio that he is going to “feign madness” and that if Horatio notices any strange behaviors, it is because he is putting on an act (1.5.166). In the second act of the play, Shakespeare continues to drop hints that Hamlet’s madness is deliberately feigned in order to confuse and disconcert the king and his attendants. 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).
Another piece of evidence that supports that Hamlet’s madness i... ... middle of paper ... ...l disease” meaning he cannot be cured in their eyes. His madness is no longer excuse with the grief over his father’s death, his mother’s marriage, or disappointment over love. During the Renaissance, madness was viewed as a disease that you acquired by letting the devil into your life. Claudius ordered that distance be kept to himself with the assumption that he has a ‘disease’ and is dangerous. Hamlet’s madness is questionable through Hamlet’s actions of real madness, feigned actions, and the reactions and opinions others have towards his madness.
Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
The Shakespearean play, Hamlet, illustrates how perfectly organized plan can work precisely throughout the process but end up being a complete failure. The main Character, Hamlet, manifests his feeling through a behavior that was considered as madness. After meeting his father´s ghost, Hamlet shows signals of madness, but moreover, in deeper reflection of Hamlet´s action, his sanity is extremely clear throughout the play. Even though he was considered as insane by most of the people, we acknowledge his statement warning Horatio of a possible change in his behavior by putting “an antic disposition on”, which certainly ratifies, in addition with the manner with which he acts when he faces difficult events, that he wasn’t mad at all. It is important to point out that the reason why Hamlet acted this way is because of his father´s tragic death.