Hamlet Insanity In Hamlet

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Insanity is an idea that has been examined for a long time in numerous mediums such as films, music, plays, and even works of literature. William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is no exception to that rule. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters, and many scholars have been debating for centuries whether or not Hamlet is truly insane, or whether there is a particular reason for his odd behavior. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet merely pretends to be mad but in reality is sane.
A select few scholars believe that Hamlet is not pretending to be mad, but in reality is insane.
Hamlet reveals his insanity through his strange behavior toward others. Dr. Simon A. Blackmore claims, “The Real or Assumed Madness of Hamlet” in Shakespearean Online that Hamlet is insane because of the fact that he is able to see a ghost while others cannot (215). Dr. Blackmore in The Real or Assumed... also asserts that in Act III, scene IV, the instance when Hamlet is in Gertrude chamber and Hamlet states to Gertrude that he see a ghost. Gertrude states to Hamlet that there is no ghost and that he has gone crazy. This clearly shows that Hamlet has gone insane and that everyone knows it but him (220-2223). For instance, Charlie Mason infamous serial killer states to the public that his murders are justifiable because he was doing it because god request him to do it in order to satisfy him. Similarity, to Hamlet who believes that he should kill Claudius because see he saw a ghost that looked

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