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Insanity In Hamlet Essay

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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.
Hamlet gets the idea to fake insanity at the beginning of the play when Horatio tells him that he sees the ghost of King Hamlet at night in the castle. Hamlet does not believe Horatio at first, but then he sees the ghost with his own eyes, and follows it outside. The ghost begins his story telling Hamlet how he actually dies, from uncle Claudius dripping poison into his ear while he sleeps, and he wants him to get revenge. The King means a great deal to young Hamlet, as any father does to their son, and he will do anything to make sure the murderer gets what they deserve. And so after a long soliloquy by Hamlet expressing his emotions and thoughts towards the tragedy, he starts plotting, “…How strange or odd so e'er I bear myself/As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/To put an antic disposition on…” (1.5.189-191). In translation, he is saying sometimes it is best to fake insanity. The reasoning behind this is not to do with mental stability but with his rationalism. Only someone stable could come up with a plan so rational and clever.
Hamlet’s idea to fake lunacy makes people not take his actions seriously, which gives ...

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... other option than to call him insane by how he acts. As the reader or being a part of the audience, one sees the real Hamlet and who he really is, a completely sane man just really good at feigning.
In the tragic play, Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, the main character just skims over the border of becoming mad. Hamlet’s insanity starts when he finds out how his father actually dies, and wants nothing but revenge on his deceitful uncle. He pretends to be unsound in order to acquire time to plot the retaliation, “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.” With all the tragic events that he goes through and everything he endures, it is hard to believe that Hamlet never reaches true insanity, he just allows one to think it.
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