As Gertrude says when hamlet confronts her, about marrying his uncle. ?Oh Hamlet thou hast left my heart in twain.? (3:4:154) Ophelia certainly is driven mad, partly by her father?s emotional manipulation on her, but also I believe by hamlets, denying of their love, and taunting after he finds out she is used to spy on him. Claudius I believe does, have reluctance and sometimes portrays the characteristics of a mad man, when he finds out he has been tricked by Hamlet, after the Mousetrap he shows the manic tendencies. This could be equated to anyone in the same situation.
The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, looks at the issue of madness and how it effects the characters of the play. Madness can be looked at from very different perspectives, such as strong and uncontrollable emotions, a person’s desires, and also a persons mental stability. Throughout the play, the audience is questioning the sanity of the main character, Hamlet, as he goes on his quest for revenge. The people around him also show signs of madness, such as Ophelia and Claudius, but in different forms. Existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzche says, “There is always some madness in love.
Jerome Mazzaro says that "Madness becomes, consequently, a closing off of one's self from others and from one's past..." (101). Whether or not Hamlet and Ophelia fit this definition exactly is unclear; however, this definition does describe each of them somewhat. The degree of their madness differs, but both Hamlet and Ophelia are indeed mad. A constant argument that arises when talking about Hamlet is that of is his madness real or is it simply an act. The answer to this question can be gathered by looking at his actions and his words.
Furthermore, Hamlet’s misogyny continues as he disrespects his own mother, as he states, “She married—O most wicked speed! To post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets” (1.2.156-57). Despite his uncle Claudius being half the relationship, he continues to solely blame his mother for the act. Hamlet continues to hurt others for no reason, disturbing natural order. Additionally, Hamlet murders people for no good reason.
Hamlet and Horatio, the figure of wisdom in the play, worry that the ghost could really be an evil spirit sent to tempt or kill Hamlet (Shakespeare 1.4.39-92). In trying to figure everything out Hamlet says that “conscience does make cowards of us all” (Shakespeare 3.1. 83). Another view is the Oedipus complex in which Hamlet is primarily concerned about his mother’s infidelity, for example he mentions his mother’s adultery before his father’s murder (Shakespeare 1.4.105-106). Ophelia’s rejection of him seems to mirror his mother’s rejection of his father and it is what finally drives him insane (Shakespeare 3.
She also acts crazier than Hamlet; this is especially evident in Act 4, scene 5 of the play. Her looks are empty and her speech, according to Gertrude, “is nothing” (4.5.8). She changes immediately in topic from love to death in the same song, exits the room, re-enters and continues with her singing. This is unlike Hamlet’s madness who is considered mad because people cannot understand him and because he has occasional violent outbursts, due to his anger about his unfortunate situation. Both madnesses are similar in that they stem from the loss of a father; the madnesses of the two
Hamlet could not acknowledge what had happened, so he made a guarantee to retaliate for his father’s demise by killing Claudius. The soliloquy exhibited by Hamlet, requesting that whether to be or not to be, is one of the speeches in the play that draws the audience. This is something that the audience can identify with it, and they can expect what is to come and see the advancement of the characters. There is additionally the case of Ophelia, who ends up insane on account of the demise of her father Polonius. Ophelia winds up troubled, crazy, and confused while the other characters start to see her madness when her father is killed.
His father did not just die, in fact he was murdered. The breaking point for Hamlet about his father’s murder was the fact that Claudius, his uncle and mother’s new ... ... middle of paper ... ...lord, he hath importuned me with love in honorable fashion…and hath given countenance to his speech, my lord, with almost all the holy vows of heaven” (I.iii.111-115). As Hamlet’s madness progresses and his actions and feelings towards Ophelia waver. He rejects Ophelia and tells her that he never loved her, but when he fights with Laertes in Ophelia’s grave, Hamlet states, “Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum” (V.i.250-253). Due to his drastic changes in character Hamlet gives the reader the illusion allusion that he may have schizophrenia.
She was used by her father to drive Hamlet to madness, as he thought. Hamlet used her to convince Polonius and others that he was mad. Ophelia eventually looses both of these men, which is what drives her to insanity, possibly because the two biggest "influences" of her life have disappeared. This is how Shakespeare used madness to show the differences between Ophelia and Hamlet. He showed brilliantly and skillfully true insanity and faking.
The play of Shakespeare on Hamlet and Stoppard on the two characters from Hamlet - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern – give a deeper insight into absurdity over the winning of Rosencrantz almost ninety two times in one go. They also present a clear difference between reality and art through the detailed depiction of the players. The point wherein the players outrageous behavior makes Guildenstern very angry to the extent that he stabs the player decribes the lack of control in the character and how it was displayed in the character itself. By reading the play of Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead, it can be said that both the plays are dependent on each other, and are in fact, weaved in together. It brings out the characters through the ‘metatheatre’ that is staged by both players and characters that are not able to find their real identity.