Hamlet Crazy Quotes Analysis

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Would one be able to live a full prosperous life acting insane? The play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, is about a young prince who lost his father and has many issues dealing with his sanity and his family. Hamlet is not crazy because he says he is faking it, he may have severe depression, and he wants to avenge his father. Hamlet is faking being insane for his own sake. Hamlet is talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and he is basically telling them that he is acting delusional. “I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is/ southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw” (Shakespeare II. ii. 351-351). Hamlet says that he can act like he is crazy when he wants to, and then be perfectly fine when he so chooses. When he says this quote he is talking about the wind but that is a symbol for how he is choosing to act, so he uses this to communicate with people that he wants to know when he will be acting crazy. Acquaintance's of Hamlet believe that he Is crazy because of how great he is acting. Polonius is telling Gertrude how he believes that Hamlet is crazy and he wants her to take action about it. “Mad call I it, for, to define true madness,/ What is ‘t but to be nothing else but mad?/ But let that go”(Shakespeare II. ii 95-97). Polonius is speaking about how crazy Hamlet is being and he keeps telling Gertrude that she needs to do something about …show more content…

When Hamlet was faking being insane it proved that he really was not crazy because he knew what to do to make it seem crazy. Severe depression can lead people to have thoughts that would not benefit anyone and that is different from being crazy because you can not control how you feel at the time. Wanting to get revenge on a death is not crazy, it is putting your mind to do something so it sets things in the right. Who is the determining factor if one is crazy or sane if they themselves are

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