Hamlet had many reasons to put on an antic-disposition, first and foremost was to seek revenge for the death of his father. The next reason was so that he could plan revenge so that he wouldn’t hurt his mother, who he at one point was in love with. Hamlet carefully planned to revenge his father, in doing so he made sure he would not hurt his mother. Although Polonius, father of Ophelia, was not directly related to Hamlet and Gertrude it was much easier for Hamlet to exert all his emotions and anger on Polonius. “It is much easier for Hamlet to behave aggressively toward this man than toward his mother or uncle, especially when his behavior must be excused as madness” (Paris 45). One of Hamlet’s reasons to “harm” Polonius is because he has hurt Hamlet by not allowing Ophelia to be happy with him. Another reason is because there was no other way for Hamlet to let out his anger towards his mother’s remarriage. Paris also mentions that “Hamlet’s hostility is that Polonius serves as...
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...isn’t the only reason why Hamlet was insane, family was is also the reason why Hamlet is considered truly insane. Gertrude had sent to get Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to help figure out what was going on with Hamlet. “In Shakespeare’s time, just as today, when a person was depressed, his family and friends tried to keep him from morbid preoccupations by providing diversions, and to find out if there was anything that was troubling him that could be remedied” (Lidz 45). If Hamlet would be acting, it would be a bit more apparent that his psychosis was planned and not real. There would also be no need for Gertrude to try to investigate her son’s depression.
Shakespeare, William. “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Ed. Edgar V. Roberts. 9th Ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. Print
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