The first piece of evidence that shows Hamlet is crazy is that he talks to ghosts. While talking to Gertrude during scene 3, Hamlet begins to yell at the ghost of his father. However, Gertrude cannot see or hear the ghost. “ ‘This the very coinage of your brain. This bodiless creation ecstasy/is very cunning in’” (Shakespeare III.
Additionally, in scene two act III the scene that may have any effect on the direction of the play is the introduction of the Ghost appearing to Hamlet and telling him that Claudius his uncle and brother to his father killed the king father to Hamlet and asks him to revenge his death. This makes Hamlet to distrust almost everybody around him except Horatio his close friend. From the scene, Rosencrantz asks “Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? you 338 do, surely, bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend.”. Hamlet “340 Sir, I lack advancement.” and Rosencrantz wonders “How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark?” (2.3.
The fit is momentary; upon a thought he will be well” (Shakespeare, 3.4.63-65). Assuring their guests that all is well and that Macbeth’s episode will pass soon, and that they shouldn 't worry; while Macbeth is having a conversation with Banquo’s ghost that isn’t really there. Macbeth then confesses that “I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing to those that know me” (Shakespeare, 3.4.100-101). Therefore confirming that he does in fact have something wrong with him mentally that is most likely schizophrenia, due to the fact he sees hallucinations and that his paranoia has gotten much worse since he murdered King Duncan and
His indecisiveness has puzzled many. Shakespeare uses the indecisiveness of Hamlet to demonstrate that human life is about acting, not thinking. At the beginning of the play Hamlet encounters a ghost while out with his friends. The sight shocks him, but he decides to follow it. The ghost is his father, and they begin to have a full conversation.
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. The ghost of King Hamlet helps to develop his son’s character by setting him on a path, he doesn’t tell Hamlet exactly what to do, but he tells him enough of the story to make Young Hamlet rageful and hate filled. First, King Hamlet’s ghost affects action when he first appears in the play. When he first appears, he doesn’t even speak. When he
At a glance, Banquo may appear innocent in regards to the tragic events that plague Scotland, yet he demonstrates how he ultimately surrenders in the battle against evil. He originally cautions Macbeth after being confronted with the witches, and declares, “The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray us/ In deepest consequence” (1.3.126-128). However, he makes it clear he does not heed his own warning when they next encounter each other. When given the chance, Banquo revisits the topic: “I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters:/ To you they have showed some truth,”(2.1.19-20). His curiosity is evidence that the corrupt thoughts planted by the witches have been festering in his mind.
Hamlet takes on an antic disposition when a character goes mad, or psychopathic in a play. But in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, he uses it to make the main character pretend as if he is going insane to find the truth about his father's death. Hamlet says “ But come Here, as before, never, so help you mercy, How strange or odd some'er I bear mysel. As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumb'red thus, or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, As "Well, well, we know," or "We could, and if we would," Or "If we list to speak," or "There be, and if they might," Or such ambiguous giving out, to note That you know aught of me this do swear, So grace and mercy at your most need to help you.” (Act 1,scene v,168-180)These lines show the plan of Hamlet and how him using the antic disposition to fulfill the ghost request of avenging his father’s death. Shakespeare also uses a play within in a play to convict king Claudius.
After Lady Macbeth receives the letter from Macbeth about the witches and the prophecies that they foretold and how two of the three of come true, she turns into a total witch. She starts talking in an Aside about how her husband is too weak and kind to be able to do anything about becoming King. She takes it upon her own hands to make the last prophecy to come true, calling on the power of darkness to make her strong like a man. But, when Macbeth comes into the play she acts like he is a worthy mighty man, when in truth she doesn’t think that he is. She deceives him on what she is truly thinking and later on deceives him into thinking that killing the King was his idea and questions his manhood.
Shakespeare quotes, “One of our order, to associate me… and would not let us forth.” (V.ii.6-11). Shakespeare mentions how ridiculous people were being back then. He has a scene in the play of how Friar John was visiting the sick and got locked in a house since he was accused of having the plague. Shakespeare mentions it because he even thinks it is crazy how they accuse someone of having the plague when there is no evidence of them having it. How they accused someone, also shows how scared people truly were back then of catching it and dying from it.
An example of this in the play is when Hamlet invites Ophelia to the play he is putting on for the king. His attitude towards her is cold and heartless, telling her she should go to a nunnery and never be married. One last example of this is when Hamlet is in the library and Ophelia comes to visit him. Hamlet knows that Polonius is watching them so he acts cold to her, to prove to Polonius he isn’t in love with her. Lastly, because of Hamlet’s actions after he finds out of Ophelia’s death.