A couple of experts say Hamlet isn’t fully insane. However, looking into act one on his first soliloquy showing his madness and some parts from The Tragedy of Hamlet’s World View by Richard A. Levine, an English Professor. Also Tenney L. Davis has some good points in his The Sanity of Hamlet. However, act three has the best proof of hamlet’s psychological state as it becomes unstable. When Hamlet saw his father’s ghost is adding to prove Hamlet’s current state of mind. Parts of Levine’s The Tragedy of Hamlet’s World View are vigorously argued. The last evidence that will prove hamlets insanity is before he sees the ghost in his mother’s chamber and kills Polonius, In the Sanity of Hamlet by Tenney L. Davis. A piece of his work is agreeable with this essay but still argued.
Hamlet’s stability starts to break. In Act one, Hamlet speaks about suicide. However, he cannot act on these feelings due to the fact that he wouldn’t be able to go to heaven. “O, that this too too sold flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d His canon ‘gaist self-slaughter!” (1.2.5) Here, Hamlet is showing his despair for his father’s death. The poor young prince doesn’t get a chance to properly mourn his father’s death. Without having to properly mourn he is lost. On top of his sense of loneliness, his mother, Gertrude, marries none other but Hamlet’s u...
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...nning in.” (3.4.140) Gertrude, for the first time with open eyes is looking at her son becoming insane. Levine strongly supports that Hamlet isn’t insane. “In this view Hamlet is cast into the mold of the traditional hero who emerges from his struggles a better and more enlightened man.” (539) Levine considers Hamlet “a better and more enlightened man.” Yet why is Hamlet the only one who can see the ghost? It’s only logical that Hamlet isn’t “a better and more enlightened man” he is insane and should be treated as so.
Hamlet the Prince of Denmark first started to lose his mind after his father’s death. Although Levine and many others don’t think Hamlet is insane, he killed Polonius without remorse. He is the only one who can see the ghost of the late King. Hamlet is without a doubt psychotic. It’s a tragedy that such a man has been driven into a such a state of mind.
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