Hamlet's Sanity In Hamlet Analysis

analytical Essay
1561 words
1561 words

Justification of Hamlet 's Sanity in Shakespeare 's Hamlet
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 …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how hamlet acts insane and criticizes his mother for remarrying and insults her, but gets away with his actions because those around him are starting to believe there is something wrong with him.
  • Analyzes how hamlet acts smartly when he is in the presence of certain people and is able to follow through with his plans, rather than saying one thing and doing another.
  • Analyzes how hamlet has gone through a lot of pain and disappointment by those that are close to him. he acts out this way to get his anger out.
  • Analyzes how hamlet is upset about his father's death and thinks that nothing good can come out of this marriage.
  • Explains that hamlet shows signs of intelligence and is determined. he fakes madness so he can say and do things that a mad man would do.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare's "hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, hamlet, who is destined to murder the individual who killed his father.
  • Opines that a beast that wants discourse of reason, would have mourned longer married with my uncle, my father’s brother, but no more like my father.

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:

" There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy...How strange or odd some 'er i bear myself (As i perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on) That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumbered thus, or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase...let us go in together, Ad still your fingers on your lips..." …show more content…

After this scene Hamlet acts insane and he often criticizes his mother for remarrying and even insults her, but gets away with his actions because at this point those around him are starting to believe there is something wrong with Hamlet. He is not crazy but if he were truly crazy then he would not internally realize that he is mad, a crazy person usually doesn 't realize they are going crazy, but it is others who realize because of his or her actions. In Hamlet 's case, Hamlet knows he is "crazy" and his acting is beneficial for him because he is able to talk freely without having to hold anything back. If Hamlet were truly insane it would have caused him his own death, because usually when an individual is insane they are unaware of what they are saying and their actions are usually always made hastily, a quality that Hamlet does not seem to

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