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. Countless literary critics have written about Hamlet’s insanity throughout the years. Though many may believe Hamlet had gone mad, Hamlet is, in fact, not insane but rather going through an extremely tough time in his life and experiencing regular human emotion. In "Character Analysis of Hamlet: Psychological Disorders." by the renowned literary critic, Ivana …show more content…
You cannot conclude that at all. The term ‘crazy’ in itself is problematic. Events may have triggered certain episodes, and these factors have an interplay with genetic factors, a phenomenon conceptualized under the name gene-environment interactions.” (Mabunay …show more content…
He may have had Bipolar I Disorder.” (Mabunay 1) This quote does not help understand the play as a whole due to Mabunay failing to address the countless intrusions on Hamlet’s life from his friends and family. By neglecting to fully understand what Hamlet has to deal with following his father's death, Mabunay cannot fully assess his mental state. "Depressive Illness Delayed Hamlet’s Revenge." by professor Neil Pickering discusses Hamlet’s depression during the play. This article is a psychoanalytic criticism as well because it discusses Hamlet’s depression and mental state throughout the play. Pickering article is helpful in understanding certain aspects of Hamlet’s mental state throughout the play such as the extreme stresses he is put
After King Hamlet’s death Hamlet, his one and only son, was thought to have been going mad by almost every character in the book, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Hamlet’s madness is due to the fact that he has a bipolar disorder; he displays all of the symptoms of being bipolar such as being depressed, having suicidal thoughts, and being irritable. One side effect of bipolar disorder is depression. Hamlet throughout the book realizes that he is depressed and that he what he is doing is not particularly correct. “But I feel something inside that goes beyond the outward display of mourning” (Shakespeare 26).
This quote is from the play-within-a-play and doesn’t suggest his insanity. Though his actions throughout the play may lead to it. His obsessive focus with the play in order to trap and accuse his uncle Claudius as the murderer, to his verbal attacks on Ophelia. The play-within-a-play might have deeper meaning and with the unhealthy obsessiveness he has with it, it could be a leading reason why he became truly insane. Hamlet interrogates Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and in Act 2, Scene 2, Line 246 he laughs.
Was Hamlet Really Insane? Published in 1603, Hamlet was one of Shakespeare’s many tragedies that follows Prince Hamlet as he faces themes of loyalty and betrayal and love and revenge. His character allowed Shakespeare to depict a complexity of human emotions that is still significant today, as the discussion of Hamlet’s insanity remains a topic for debate. Numerous events support both theories throughout the play on whether Hamlet was genuinely insane or not, but Hamlet’s insanity truly being an act is more plausible because he stated since the beginning it was an act, planned when and where he would appear to be mad, and allowed for others to observe what underlined his insane act.
Throughout the play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet is in question of being insane. While he may at times seem to be insane Hamlet is actually pretending. Hamlet fakes his insanity in order to fool people around him so he can exact his revenge for his father’s murder. When Hamlet is not around other people his seemingly insane personality disappears only to be replaced with an intelligent and logically sound mind. Insanity, craziness, or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns.
To add on to Hamlet’s stress is the possibility that something might lie “after death”(III.i.79). The fear that whatever comes after death is unknown is one of the many reasons Hamlet does not want to kill himself. Hamlet is sane because some people today still have a fear about how what comes after death is unknown. Hamlet’s behavior begins to change when they prepare to show the play that Hamlet wrote to everyone in the castle. Hamlet acts disrespectful towards his mother once again declining the seat she offered him and sitting next to Ophelia instead.
There are moments in this world where someone can be so depressed that they do not want to live any longer. Many teenagers experience the same stress as Hamlet did in the play from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The character Hamlet is under stressed due to the death of his father who he loved a lot, and the early remarriage of his mother with his uncle. In addition, Hamlet is even more stressed out when the ghost presented itself as Hamlet’s father and wanted Hamlet to revenge for his father’s death. Even though Hamlet is under stress he remained between the state of sane or temporarily insane throughout the play.
The madness that Shakespeare illustrates in his play, through both Ophelia and Hamlet, coincides with Oxford’s definitions of madness. While both have shown their madness through their actions and words the madness is different for each character, as are the causes and symptoms. An early example of madness arising from conflicting and extreme emotions is shown
He is depressed and suicidal as indicated in his infamous quote, “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (3.1.57). However, while many may choose to carry on after the death of a loved one, Hamlet chose to hold on to his sorrow and pretended to be mad so he can know the truth behind his father’s death. Hamlet’s tragic life is not the cause for his madness. Hamlet drives himself to the brink of insanity
The question of whether or not Hamlet was insane is of a never-ending debate. Was he always crazy? Was he always faking it? Or was he somewhere in between? In this paper I will share three different views and provide my own interpretation of Hamlet’s sanity.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses many references to sanity and insanity. Throughout the play, Hamlet goes back and forth between sanity and insanity, whether pretending to be insane just to mess with those he does not like or to save himself from getting in trouble. Hamlet is actually one of the smartest characters in the play, which is why he can pull off acting crazy so well. Shakespeare uses this idea of sanity and insanity to help the plot change and take a different directions. One of the most discussed topics of the Hamlet is whether Hamlet is insane or if he was just pretending the whole time.
However, the patient has bouts of mania, in which they do not realize their impulsive actions have a negative impact on their life. In addition, “Bipolar Disorder causes dramatic highs and lows in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly.” (nami.org) In this respect, Hamlet has a pronounced mania that is to avenge his father. This mania is
In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Hamlet assumes the disguise of a man that has lost his mind. Hamlet uses this madness to masquerade around in such a way as to not draw attention to his true plan, to avenge his murdered father. Many readers debate as to whether Hamlet is truly mad, or whether he is fully aware of his actions and what he is doing. However, both sides of the debate can agree that Hamlet’s apparent madness is a key element of the play, Hamlet. There are many reasons as to why readers debate Hamlet’s madness.
An overwhelming amount of evidence shows that Hamlet faked his insanity to confuse the king and his accomplices. Often revered for their emotional complexities, William Shakespeare’s tragic characters display various signs of mental illness. Sylvia Morris notes “Hamlet contains Shakespeare’s most fully-developed study of mental illness, and has always intrigued commentators on the play.” (“Shakespeare’s Minds Diseased: Mental Illness and its Treatment”). When looking at the play, one can infer that Shakespeare makes the relationship between sanity and insanity undistinguishable from one another.
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the protagonist, Hamlet, dies in an effort to revenge his father, the King of Denmark, who was murdered and usurped by Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet’s tragic flaw, the cause of his downfall, is the reason why the play concluded with his own death. Ruled by his intelligence, Hamlet examines ideas and plans from many different angles before putting them into action. Although his thoughtfulness is an admirable trait, due to the circumstances, his thoroughness led to the inability to make and commit to decisions, the cause of his doom. This indecisiveness is physically manifested on the PostSecret the forms of text and visual cues.
After his precious father’s death, Hamlet have become deeply depressed. His mother’s quick movement to engage with his uncle or now his father, King Claudius. Depressed and frustrated by his mother’s deed but unable to reveal his feelings aloud. The more he keeps his feeling hidden within his heart, the more overwhelming his emotion becomes. He knows, this is a bad sign.