Having your father die is bad enough, but to have your mother marry your uncle, within a few weeks of your father’s death? Then to see the ghost of your dead father. That would drive anyone a little insane, but maybe not to the extent that everyone thought Hamlet was acting. Hamlet is torn between acting sane and letting everyone else see him as insane. Hamlet is so grieved by his father
His madness is shown through his strong love for Ophelia and the depths he is willing to take to show how much he loves her. Hamlet also displays his deranged mind by not giving the whereabouts to Polonius’ body and discussing the fate of the kings prior to it actually happening. One way Hamlet’s unhinged mind is shown throughout the play is by his deep love and peculiar words to Ophelia. When Hamlet had discovered that Ophelia was dead, he lost his mind and his strength. At Ophelia’s funeral he couldn’t bear to see her laying in that grave and says, “ Dost thou come here to whine, To outface me with leaping in her grave, Be buried quick with her?/ and so will I”(v.i.263-265).
This is what Hamlet suffers through in the play. 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
O cursèd spite,/ That ever I was born to set it right!” (1.5.188-89). As a result of the truth concerning his father’s death, Hamlet feels as though all the gruesome occurrences happened because he only, can fix them. Hamlet receives a new meaning of self-worth. As the play goes on, Claudius realizes that Hamlet has discovered the truth about the Old King and beings to repent. As Claudius repents, Hamlet feels as though it's the best time to kill him until he says: And so ’a goes to Heaven; And so am I revenged.
The death of his father is where his “heart-ache” forms from and the remarriage of his mother to his Uncle Claudius is just one of the many “natural shocks.” The death of his father was among the hardest events that Hamlet has ever had to suffer through but to then be visited by the ghost of that same man, is mind boggling. Hamlet is struggling with the fact that he has just been told very important information about his father and now he is responsible for seeking revenge on Claudius. When Hamlet says the line “When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? (3;1;83-84),” he is asking himself, why is he choosing to struggle through the hardships of his life and the recent events, when he could take a knife and end it? Hamlet then goes on to say, “who would fardels bear,To grunt and sweat under a weary life” (3;18;84-85) and is asking the question of how anyone would want to continue their life in his situation.
Insanity is contagious. Prince Hamlet is the sole cause of all of the insanity in the play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare. He starts off upset about his father’s death. He soon becomes vengeful after a visit with his father who became a ghost. With his vengeance for King Claudius, he slowly loses his sanity and becomes insane.
After his mother moves on, Hamlet continues to dwell. As the play goes on, Hamlet gets less rational. He murdered Polonius because he believed it was Claudius hiding behind the arras; he took a life, and did not show any regret for his irrational actions. A man who is
Hamlet realizes his uncle is the murderer of his father. He says goodbye to his uncle. Implying Claudius will be killed, and promises to his father that he will avenge him. To add, Hamlet became in a state of procrastination and did not go through killing Claudius. “And am I then revenged To take him in the purging of his soul, when he is fit and season'd for his passage?
Hamlet shows some signs of insanity in these few examples. The very first quote in this paragraph goes to talk about how Hamlet is depressed about his father’s death and his mother’s remarriage. Hamlet is wishing that his flesh would melt and that he would die. Just in that one quote of Hamlet saying these things you can infer that he is insane, even in the slightest of ways. Throughout the story you see more than enough examples to prove this theory.
The king has poisoned Laertes’ sword and a cup of wine to act as a tribute. As the duel unfolds, Hamlet uncovers the plot to kill him and kills both Laertes and Claudius, but gets poisoned in the process. As he dies, he tells Horatio “And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story” (Crowther). Hamlet tells Horatio to tell my legacy and story; Hamlet does not want for his story to be forgotten and all the bloodshed for nothing. A mad man wouldn’t say such a thing unless for a true purpose, for Hamlet truly died as man with