The Antic Disposition of Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark In the tragedy by William Shakespeare; Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark, the character Hamlet’s madness turns into his reality rather than an antic disposition. Although, madness is a condition that is difficult to conclude whether it is true or not, Hamlet does go mad during his journey to avenge the death of his father. Hamlet goes on to accomplish his task without being noticed, he decided to put on an antic disposition in the beginning but by the end it becomes his reality. Consequently, he goes on to display episodes of erratic behavior. The writer of this tragic play; William Shakespeare leaves the audience to conclude whether Hamlet is just putting on an act of antic disposition or not just truly mad.
This speech is his internal philosophical debate on the advantages and disadvantages of existence. While this soliloquy may seem like madness on the surface, it actually works to dispel the notion that Hamlet is truly mad. It makes clear the fact that Hamlet still has his senses and his madness is simply an antic. In this act, the king also becomes suspicious of Hamlet’s madness and is never quite convinced of it. His instructions to his henchmen from earlier in the play, “Get from him why he puts on this confusion” (2.1.2), imply that he perceives it as a pretense.
In Shakespeare tragic play Hamlet, the characters’ flaws of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Claudius makes them victims of their flaw. Hamlet lacks the ability to take action towards his goal, whereas Ophelia has no free will and follows men like Polonius, while Claudius follows his greed of power. Shakespeare displays Hamlet as the protagonist. He describes Hamlet having a conflict with himself that prevents him to accomplish his goal to
In order to capture the recurring theme of dishonesty, William Shakespeare uses the death of King Hamlet to force a façade of security and responsibility on the major characters in his play, Hamlet. Although King Claudius fails in comparison to his late brother King Hamlet, he still tries to portray king like traits and exemplify king like deeds. However, we quickly find that he is weak and faulty king not truly fit to rule. His character embodies irony to the fullest. Hamlet even refers him as a joke compared to his father.
William Shakespeare creates the character Hamlet as an anti-hero; a hero with countless flaws and characteristics of an average citizen. Throughout the Tragedy of Hamlet, a connection is created with the audience when exploring both hamartia and peripeteia within Hamlet as an anti-hero. Therefore, to connect with the audience, Shakespeare creates Hamlet as a hero with flaws, allowing for Hamlet to become further recognisable and relatable towards the audience. Shakespeare depicts Hamlet’s hamartia, leading him to travel down the incorrect path, causing his downfall. This hamartia is brought upon Hamlet when his circumstances change due to his peripeteia, which reverses his fortunes dramatically, causing his rationalized plans to collapse.
While walking towards the ghost, Hamlet shows the behavior of toughness, the characteristic of madness. Further evidence of his madness is seen when he denies doing what he is told to do, as well as his ov... ... middle of paper ... ...ough Hamlet's real madness, artificial actions, and the reactions of others. By providing few stage directions, Shakespeare leaves the reader to make his own interpretation. The audience is left with Hamlet's words and actions and the reactions of others to determine if Hamlet's madness is in fact contrived or real. These parts of evidence are lacking in clearly defining Shakespeare's complex character Hamlet.
Shakespeare uses soliloquy as a dramatic tool to unveil the man behind the disguise. The true nature of the protagonist, Hamlet, is riddled by false appearances and deliberate attempts to deceive characters within the play, mainly characterised by his conscious intention “To put on an antic disposition”. Whilst the audience is disorientated by Hamlet’s erratic moods and inconsistent behaviour – the alternation between passive inaction, failing to act when he has an opportunity to avenge and kill Claudius whilst he prays, and volatile linguistic attacks in Gertrude’s chamber – the soliloquies provide consistency. They are intimate, private, confessional accounts in which Hamlet does not have to ‘act’ as he does around other characters. Therefore they serve to distinguish the original Hamlet from the specious character he plays within the play itself.
Hamlet's State of Mind in Act III Scene i of William Shakespeare's Hamlet Works Cited Missing Throughout Act III Scene i, Hamlet's appearance to the audience is one of carefully crafted madness, not completely artificial, but manufactured for the purpose of members of his family and the court. He uses this madness tactfully, and to his advantage. By acting as if mad, he can pursue explicit issues under the disguise of madness. For example, whilst talking to Ophelia he can criticise her father and his uncle, while she is under the impression that he does not know what he is saying. It acts as an alibi if something is taken in the wrong way, but everything that he says is careful, as to avoid pitfalls, and all of his statements are witty, and poised.
By looking at the different events that Hamlet overcame, we can observe the passion for acting that many readers do not come across; knowing the importance of acting is imperative when questioning Hamlet’s sanity, since he is only acting insane, and is rational and in control of himself throughout the play. For those who do not recall the story of Hamlet, this play is one of revenge, scandal, and lies. Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is living a life that one would not want to live. His father, the King, was murdered by his brother, who is now married to Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet beings his brilliant acting and conniving when he learns that he must avenge his father’s murder.
The character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play of the same name is one of the more complex and interesting characters in the western canon – in attempting to take revenge on his uncle Claudius for his alleged murder of Hamlet’s father, the young prince feigns insanity in order to get the man’s guard down and keep him off balance until finding the right time to strike. However, the question remains – by the end of the play, just how much is Hamlet pretending to be insane? Is it really an act, or has Hamlet really taken on an “antic disposition” as Hamlet vows to put on (I.v.172)? While it can be confirmed that Hamlet’s insanity is more or less a ruse, his own dedication to his task, as well as the uncertainty he has about following through with it, lead to several moments of true insanity for the character of Hamlet. The character purports to put on a veneer of madness merely as a simulation, but his own grief and the weight of his intended plan leads him to go down a path that clouds his mind with sadness and into insanity at various points.