Existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzche states, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also some reason in madness.” This statement can be proven by looking at the characters in the play Hamlet. Both Ophelia and Hamlet show madness over the love they have for each other, and Hamlet uses the appearance of madness to hide is plot for revenge. Hamlet’s sanity is also questioned by the audience to figure out if he is truly crazy. These examples from the play Hamlet help prove the concept of madness in Nietzche’s statement.
Shakespeare, at the very beginning of the play does not bother to develop the character of the protagonist, Othello but rather places greater emphasis on plot development. We are immediately introduced to Roderigo and Iago and are privy to their conspiracy to undermine Othello. With a masterful stroke, Iago subdues Roderigo, his 'dupe' and sets up the initial plot- Iago intends to gain his rightful position of lieutenant by destroying Othello and Casio. "I Know my price, I am worth no worse a place." Although Iago's plan does not change throughout the play, his motives, which obviously influence his actions do.
A Study of Madness in Hamlet I think that one of the most poignant themes of Hamlet is the presentation and importance of madness. We first see a glimpse of madness with Hamlet who pretends to be mad, using it as a cunning mask while he battles with his own mind and conscience over the idea of revenge. There is also the character of Ophelia who turns mad with grief when she hears of her father's death. Although while Hamlet is holding up this pretence of madness he slowly becomes drawn into a depression, which is so deep at some points it is unclear whether he is insane or deeply depressed, I would not call this depression madness in any way because the term madness is something more obvious. It is a very blunt expression, which automatically draws one to think so something very stereotypical; similar to how Hamlet deliberately acts.
(II.ii.293-297). The actions of the characters in Hamlet, from Hamlet's decision whether or not to kill Claudius to Gertrude's willful ignorance of her husband's doings, all lead to the often-gruesome fates that they encounter. Vengeance drives the central plot of Hamlet, as Haml... ... middle of paper ... ...faking it to fool Claudius. In conclusion, Hamlet’s insanity is much more ambiguous than his outright statement of putting on an “antic disposition” would imply. There are several moments in the play where he shows that he cannot really control his behavior, and right from the start he seems to be extremely emotional and violent in his outbursts.
There are multiple characters that either lit the fuse of Macbeth’s ambition, or cut the fuse to make it shorter, thus leading him along the path to evil. Although one could argue that both Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters affected Macbeth, they only played a minor role. The main fault lies with Macbeth himself, a man so blinded by ambition and rage that he resorts to murder to achieve his goal. The main source of evil is Macbeth due to his twisted reasoning on the prophecies that he hears, as well as the sinister feelings that are hiding inside of him even from the beginning of the play; illustrating that even those who seem most noble and valiant can have evil present within them. One of Macbeth’s greatest tricks is his power of deception, which he shockingly uses to betray his friends, colleagues, and even his king.
This is part of his initial plan for revenge that is first mentioned when he state, “As I perchance here after shall think meet to put an antic disposition on” (1.5.179-180). Here, Hamlet is saying that if he finds it necessary to behave as a mad man, they should not in any way by word or gesture reveal that they know the real reasoning behind this act. Hamlet behaved this way hoping that by acting in such a way others would become bolder around him and reveal something in their actions and speech that he can employ as justification for avenging his father’s
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.
The control is not only of power but of the sense of his being who heis, a great warrior. In Act I, Othello has a scuffle with Brabantio, who has come to kill him, but before anything ... ... middle of paper ... ...lid virtue The shot of accident nor dart of chance could neither graze nor pierce" (IV, i, lines 264-8) He did see for himself the dishonesty of Desdemona toward her father and remembered the words he had said to him: "Look to her, Moor, if thou has eyes to see She has deceived her father, and may thee" (act I, iii). After realizing Othello had been tricked into believing the lies of Iago. He couldn't handle the suffering of knowing he had murder in jealousy rather for justice. This destruction in Othello's character brought the strong warrior back into the scene.
Madness is defined as a mental condition that impedes rational judgement and causes one to act in a non-socially acceptable manner. Although the protagonist, Hamlet, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet does display signs of a mental disorder, it is clear that Hamlet feigns his madness in order to manipulate those associated with the King to seek his revenge. His use of manipulation, coupled with his clever use of wit, further aid in emphasizing that Hamlet is not mad. There are strong arguments to make the case that Hamlet was in fact, mentally deranged. The 19th century perspective claimed that Hamlet was a in fact a madman.
Macbeth says, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife give th ’edge o’th’sword/ his wife, his babes, all unfortunate souls” (Shakespeare 4.1). The significance of this quote shows Macbeth cruelty thinking about his plan on how to kill the Macduff’s. Since Macduff’s family are not a threat to him, but his mind led him to worsen the situation. Macbeth says, “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits: / the flighty purpose never is o’ertlook/ unless the deed go with it” (Shakespeare 4.1.). This quote shows that Macbeth is talking to himself about time so he can make up his plan instantly.