Hamlet delays in killing Claudius not only because he 's suffering from an Oedipal complex but also because his basic sanity keeps him from killing Claudius. In society we are taught that those who commit murder are sick or insane and will go to hell. However, Hamlet 's society believes the son of a murdered noble is responsible for avenging his father. And if the son does not abide to this law he himself deserves
Others would say that after he accepts his father 's plea for vengeance, that he uses this cloak of madness as a disguise so Claudius cannot see his murderous intentions. As many researchers know there is much evidence for both his sanity, and his madness. But which is true? In the play, Hamlet is constantly talking to himself, which is already one sign of madness, but the things that he says to himself are murderous and even suicidal quotes. One of the quotes in the play being, “HAMLET: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!
Hamlet’s “antic disposition” is merely an act, and serves to mask his intentions of revenge from his peers; Hamlet does become somewhat unstable, though, and lapses into brief moments of true insanity. Following the first encounter with his father, Hamlet vows to put on an act of madness to hide his actions and thoughts from the King. Hamlet’s feigned madness begins with a half-naked appearance in Ophelia’s chambers, and escalates from that point onward. The effect of the “antic disposition” seems to wear off by Act IV though, as Hamlet’s actions cause Claudius to become suspicious of Hamlet. Hamlet seems to experience moments of true insanity at times, though, as seen when he rashly kills Polonius.
Hamlet quotes he is “revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck” (III.i.126-127) when talking to Ophelia. He acknowledges his own ambition for revenge and is even able to admit to to, claiming that King Hamlet’s passing was constantly on his thoughts. His actions and intentions in the play all lead up to one thing: getting revenge on Claudius. Not only did Claudius murder him, he also stole Hamlet’s rightful position as king. Another example is during Hamlet confrontation with the ghost when he says “wings as swift, As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge” (I.iv.35-37).
King Hamlet’s ghost in Hamlet plays a very significant role in Shakespeare’s play even though he only appears briefly in the very beginning. King Hamlet’s ghost furthers the play in many ways. He affects action by setting the play in motion, he affects the theme of revenge, and he helps develop other characters, specifically his son, Hamlet. He sets the play in motion by causing the wheels to spin inside of Prince Hamlet’s head, the ghost is the whole reason for Hamlet trying to extract revenge upon his murderous Uncle Claudius who is now the King of Denmark. The ghost affects the theme of revenge by causing Young Hamlet to be seized by vengeance, the whole play turns into a story of Prince Hamlet trying to avenge his father’s wrongful death.
He tells him at the beginning to not turn his back on him. At some points in the play it's really hard to tell if he is faking his madness, or if he is actually starting to go crazy. The reason he acts crazy is because he knows his father was murdered by his uncle. He thinks that if he acts mad, he will have a better chance at getting revenge on Claudius. In the beginning of the play the ghost of Hamlet's father visits him.
Hamlet was plotting his uncle’s murder, something the majority of people would view as completely insane, but it is how he plotted this murder that makes it clear that he is not mad. He deceives his friends and family into thinking he has gone completely mad, but it is his actions that prove to the reader that he may not be as mad as the king and queen believe. His unwillingness to kill Claudius because “he is a-praying.. And so he goes to heaven; And so I am revenged: And so he is scanned:” (III/iii/76-79) proves that he still has some reason and has put some thought into this murder. Also, it is how Hamlet acts towards his love, Ophelia, that proves that he may not truly be mad, especially in Act 5 during her funeral when he returns and states “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their love make up my sum.”(V/i/262-264) Hamlet attempts to deceive the entire kingdom into labelling him as mad so that they would think nothing of him.
Hamlet spoke to a ghost who claims to be his father 's spirit; he did consider the possibility of it being the devil, however he chose to believe the ghost was his father. The ghost informs Hamlet the real reason he died and asks Hamlet to seek revenge so he starts to act mad. Hamlet insists his friends to not tell anyone what they’ve seen by saying, “How strange or odd soe 'er I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on), that you, at such times seeing me, never shall—With arms encumbered thus” (1:5:58). Hamlet wants people to believe he is mentally ill or mad to use as a cover for this true intentions which is to
In this way we can see that every action Hamlet performs in the play is tainted by his need to kill Claudius. The prince becomes painfully suspicious of everyone around him, not knowing who is or is not spying on him. He questions his mother violently, mocks Polonius before killing him, suspecting him to be Claudius, and he sends his old friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths because he believed that they were spying for