Insanity is contagious. Prince Hamlet is the sole cause of all of the insanity in the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare. He starts off upset about his father’s death. He soon becomes vengeful after a visit with his father who became a ghost. With his vengeance for King Claudius, he slowly loses his sanity and becomes insane.
In this scene Hamlet and Gertrude, his mother, are talking in her room, but then Hamlet saw his fathers ghost and got a little crazier than normal when around others, usually he acts crazy but I think in this scene he is crazy. I think that he is crazy because he is the only one who can see the ghost neither Polonius nor Gertrude could see it. Another reason he is crazy is that he sees things that no one else can see. The last thing that I will talk about is whether or not Hamlet used Deontology or Teleology.
“O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the everlasting has not fixed, His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God, God, How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world!” (1. 2. 133-138) These few lines goes to show my view on Hamlet being insane.
Hamlet's Insanity Throughout the play, Hamlet’s madness changes from being an illusion and forms into a harsh reality. Even though he claims the reason behind him acting deranged is to disconcert King Claudius, his behaviour and actions towards other characters in the play really emphasize his insanity. As the play progresses, everyone becomes aware of his mentally ill state, including King Claudius, who sends him to England to have him killed. This way Hamlet won’t be able to reveal his corrupt ways. Hamlet's behavior begins to change drastically as the play advances.
Charles Dudley Warner said, “People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.” Hamlet is a play that is filled with deception. Nearly every character within the play has lied to one another or committed a form of deception, making almost every character a master in the act. Lying and secrets are prominent from the very beginning of the play. When the ghost, said to be the late King Hamlet, is introduced, it is very secretive and kept quiet.
She struggles with her fathers death and her lovers absence so much that she is driven insane and eventually commits suicide. One of the most important quotes from Hamlet is "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet, To put an antic disposition on"(1.5.191-192). This quote is crucial to the story as a whole because it tells the audience that from then on Hamlet will only be acting mad. This is part of
Hamlet’s craziness has been debated ever since William Shakespeare wrote the play in approximately 1600. Many have said that he is crazy because of this, or he is not crazy because of this. But, Hamlet is not crazy because he flat out says that he will act demented in front of pretty much everyone, he makes fun of people without them even realizing it, and he does a 180 on his behavior in the same scene. Hamlet says that he is going to act crazy. He states in act 1 scene 5 that he is going to act mad in front of people.
Hamlet’s Sanity “What if it tempts you toward the flood, my lord ... And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness?” (1.4.77-82 Shakespeare). Horatio says this to Hamlet while warning him he may go mad if he continues to talk to his father's ghost. This helps demonstrate how certain characters question Hamlet’s sanity.
The big question is “Are Hamlet’s actions justified.” Well Hamlet was both justified and not justified. Some things he did were for a reason others were just possibly because he was pretending to have gone insane. Examples of this are the way Hamlet treated his own mother, Gertrude, and the way he treated his love Ophelia, one thing he is not justified in is delaying the murder of his uncle and his mother’s new husband Claudius. But the thing that is justified is actually killing Claudius.
Not trusting many people in the kingdome for the most part of the play, the reader rarely sees Hamlet's true feeling explained to another person. In act five Learties challenges Hamlet to a duel to revenge his sister's death which he blames on Hamlet. Once hearing the news Horatio become greatly concerned for Hamlet's well-being, and tries to convince him to say he is not fit to dule. “ You will lose my lord--”...
Prince Hamlet appears to be a nice guy, but he is actually a deranged lunatic. Hamlet is arguing with Horatio and Marcellus about keeping him from following the Ghost, his father. "It will not speak. Then I will follow it … what should be the fear … hold off your hands” (I.iv.62, 64, 80). This tells us how Hamlet is going down a path to where he will do something and not know what will
Imagine people trying to figure out if a person if indeed crazy or not crazy. How would that make the person in question feel? When they are looking for help out of their craziness, there could be people doubting they even need help. Though no one knows what is going on in Hamlet’s mind, this could be exactly what he is going through during Shakespeare ’s play Hamlet.
Hamlet is Not Insane There is quite a bit of evidence in this play that Hamlet deliberately foraged his fits of madness in order to confuse and make the king believe there was genuinely something wrong with him. Hamlet’s soliloquies at the end of Act I are often used as proof of his insanity, but much of what is deemed insanity isn’t really insanity. Hamlet may have a mental illness, but he was far from insane.