Is Hamlet Insane

analytical Essay
1603 words
1603 words

“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.
According to “the term insanity means a mental disorder. Whether it is temporary or permanent, it is used to describe a person when they don't know the difference between right or wrong”, which perfectly describes Hamlet. There are many reasons throughout the play Hamlet which proof how and why Hamlet has gone mad. In the exposition of the play, he may not have been crazy. Both Horatio and Marcellus along with Hamlet, see the ghost of his "so called father". Although there is no proof that Hamlet is crazy this early in the play, the news the ghost brings sparks Hamlet's pure insanity. As stated in Act 1 Scene 5, Hamlet has his first interaction with the ghost. The ghost admits to being his father’s spirit and states:" I am thy father's spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night And for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. ...

... middle of paper ..., written by Loni Nilsson, he explains how Hamlet got back to his old self. The last scene of the play proves that Hamlet was only insane until he had gotten back at Claudius. It also proves how sanity is not a permanent state. Hamlet apologizes to Laertes for his deed. He tells Horatio to make sure that once he is officially dead, he goes on to tell Hamlet’s story to everyone. He tells Horatio that Fortinbras has his vote as the new king, which shows that he has come back to terms with himself and feels like he has accomplished what he needed to in this word once Claudius is dead. The article states that “after finally accomplishing his father's orders - killing Claudius - brings him back to sanity, but no matter at one point in the play, he is indeed insane.”

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the theme of whether or not hamlet has actually gone mad in shakespeare's play. many people view this questionable statement differently.
  • Explains that insanity is a mental disorder, which is used to describe people when they don't know the difference between right and wrong.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's first contact with the ghost brings him unbelievable news. the ghost states that he is indeed the spirit of his deceased father.
  • Analyzes how the ghost in act iii, scene iv, is a major cause of hamlet's insanity.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's "to be or not to be" speech proves his insanity. he wishes for death and would commit suicide if it wasn't against his religion.
  • Explains that everyone in hamlets town is concerned for his mental state. polonius plans to have hamlet meet with ophelia while he and claudius hide nearby.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's father, the ghost, told him to seek revenge on claudius, so he decided to build a "play within the play" to reenact the murder of his father.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's madness was proven by the fact that he killed polonius by stabbing his sword through the tapestry.
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