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.
The best example of deception is Hamlet’s antic disposition fooling most characters throughout the play. By fooling everyone Hamlet could accomplish a great deal more with ease without Claudius suspecting any of his deeds. After ghost of Hamlet’s father tells him of Claudius’s heinous deed he uses this madness to avenge him as wells as save Denmark from him. To do this Hamlet had to deceive almost the entirety of the kingdom to plot his revenge against Claudius. This makes deception the most important theme in Hamlet.
Hamlet knows that having the correct facts is so important because without hard evidence he may unjustly kill his uncle and have to d... ... middle of paper ... ...set with Hamlet for murdering his father, Polonius, and conspires with King Claudius against Hamlet. After all these tragic events it gets worse, Hamlet’s two very best friends plot against him, it drives him mad. It all starts with an act of insanity, then there is less acting involved and it finally ends up as Hamlet’s reality and tragedy for all. In conclusion, Hamlet could be considered insane, it is not just an act. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet is acting mad in order to avenge his father’s death, therefore he is able to gain vital information regarding King Hamlet’s death.
In “Hamlet';, the tragedy by William Shakespeare, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark withholds a great internal conflict throughout the play. As a result, Hamlet contradicts himself many times throughout out the play, which caused the unnecessary death of many others. As well as trying to be true to himself, Hamlet is an expert at acting out roles and making people falsely believe him. The roles he plays are ones in which he fakes madness to accomplish his goals. While one second Hamlet pretends to be under a strange spell of madness, seconds later he may become perfectly calm.
Hamlet´s plan to fake insanity lets him express his feelings, make new plans, and obtain information, in order to eventually kill Claudius, and of course the people wouldn’t take his actions seriously. In the play, he widely proves this when he expresses sexual comments to... ... middle of paper ... ...mlet to England in order to kill him certainly illustrates us that Claudius is aware of Hamlet´s knowledge regarding his father´s murder. Perhaps because of the play, or perhaps other reason, but this ratifies that Claudius doesn’t believe in Hamlet´s madness. So why should we? Finally, undeniable evidence of Hamlet rational ability is shown in the comparison with a truly insane individual, just as Ophelia became mad after her father died.
He realizes although it does look like his father, appearance isn't everything, and it might have been a demon trying to trick him into committing a deadly sin, namely, killing Claudius. Hamlet would only have been able to reason this if he had been in full control of his mental capacities. To test whether indeed the ghost was telling the truth, Hamlet has players perform a play before Claudius and the rest of the cast with events similar... ... middle of paper ... ...He condemns Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Claudius for committing acts that were deceitful and dishonorable: "Their defeat / Does by their own insinuation grow. … He that hath killed my king and whored my mother, Popped in between the election and my hopes, Thrown out his angle for my proper life, and with such cozenage," (5.2.58-67).
Every character that had anything to do with Hamlet believed that he was truly mad. This was confirmed when Hamlet claimed to have seen his father’s ghost. For a more in depth example, when Claudius was trying to find out what had gotten Hamlet to turn mad, he used Ophelia as bait. Hamlet turned Ophelia down where as in the beginning of the play, all he wanted was Ophelia to love him back. “Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof.
A truly insane person would not have enough cognitive... ... middle of paper ... ...r is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table.”(line 19-24). If this reply came from anyone else, they would suffer immediate consequences, but it is from Hamlet whom he can’t touch. By the King’s position and desire for the favor of his people, Claudius is unable to harm Hamlet through most of the play in turn giving Hamlet protection from the King. Hamlet has all the means to be completely insane such as: the death of his father, the crowning of his uncle, the marriage of his mother to his uncle, his murder of an innocent man, and Ophelia’s forbidden relationship with him and eventually her death. But was he really insane or was Polonius right in saying “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” (line 201-202).
However, through his thoughts, and actions, the reader can see that he is in fact putting up an act, he is simply simulating insanity to help fulfil his fathers duty of revenge. Throughout the play, Hamlet shows that he understands real from fake, right from wrong and his enemies from his friends. Even in his madness, he retorts and is clever in his speech and has full understanding of what if going on around him. Most importantly, Hamlet does not think like that of a person who is mad. Hamlet decides to portray an act of insanity, as part of his plan to seek revenge for his fathers murder.
Hamlet wanted the king to think he was insane. The king did think Hamlet was insane. The King talking to Rosencranz and Guildenstern says, "something have you heard of Hamlet's transformation, so call it, sith nor th'exterior nor the inward man resembles that it was." (Act 2, scene 2, lines 4-7). Hamlet wanted the king to think he was insane because he didn't want the king to interfere with his plan to find out if he really killed his father.