Hamlet’s madness played an important role in the play because he later on became insane after he had feigned his insanity. It is obvious that Hamlet had a troubled mind in the play because he was torn on what to do in order to avenge his father’s death. He was torn between whether he was following his father’s wish or the wish of the ghost that appeared to him. This made him insane because, he spent his time worrying about his father’s death revenge and this affected his state of mind. Hamlet became insane because
In order to be a good leader, he needs to be able to do these things so that he can have a just revenge. Before Hamlet learns of his father 's death from the ghost, he is still grieving but later goes mad after he discovers that Claudius killed his father. Hamlet is not fond of Claudius and now that he knows what happened to his dad he is bloodthirsty for revenge. His reason for his madness is that he wants to obtain information on what really happened without raising suspicion. Hamlet wants to pick up more clues so that he can see if the what the ghost said actually happened.
In his persistent confusion, he questions the Ghost 's trustworthiness. What if the Ghost is not a true spirit, but rather an agent of the devil sent to tempt him? What if killing Claudius results in Hamlet 's having to relive his memories for all eternity? Hamlet agonizes over what he perceives as his cowardice because he cannot stop himself from thinking. Words immobilize Hamlet, but
Hamlet delays in killing Claudius not only because he 's suffering from an Oedipal complex but also because his basic sanity keeps him from killing Claudius. In society we are taught that those who commit murder are sick or insane and will go to hell. However, Hamlet 's society believes the son of a murdered noble is responsible for avenging his father. And if the son does not abide to this law he himself deserves
Hamlet wants to believe that the ghost was actually his father, but he begins to fear that it was an evil spirit trying to lead him away from his beliefs. “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil...abuses to damn me,” (2.2.610-614). This questioning leads to Hamlet wondering if Claudius really is guilty or if it is just the evil force trying to convince him to commit a sin. In order to prove Claudius’ guilt, Hamlet asks an acting troupe to perform a modified play in order to get a designed reaction, “I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle, I’ll observe his looks...the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King,” (2.2.606-617). Hamlet chose the play “The Murder of Gonzago” and made alterations to the script in order to draw a specific response from Claudius.
Hamlet’s reaction to his father, King Hamlet's death, especially after he appears to Hamlet as a ghost and tells him he was murdered by Claudius, weighs heavily on Hamlet, leading him into a spiral of depression in which he contemplates suicide. "O that this too too solid flesh would melt;thaw and resolves itself into a dew . . . It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
While Hamlet is hesitant Laertes is brash and impulsive. He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
After Hamlet kills Polonius, Laertes faces the same problem that Hamlet does —a murdered father. And that 's where the similarities end. While Hamlet lollygags and broods over the murder for much of the play, Laertes takes immediate action. He storms home from France as soon as he hears the news, raises a crowd of followers, and invades the palace, saying "That drop of blood that 's calm proclaims me bastard" (Shakespeare 97). In other words, not being upset by his father 's death would prove that his mother was stepping out on his dad.
In William Shakespeare’s well known play Hamlet , there are several acts of violence that often keep the readers on their toes constantly wondering what will happen next. It all begins with the death of King Hamlet and comes to an end with no royal family in control of the castle, Elsinore, in Denmark. Each character has their own unique motive for self gain throughout the play, but Hamlet has a strong drive for the dangerous game of revenge. Hamlet wants to earn justice for his father who had his kingdom, wife, and crown all stolen out from underneath him when his life is innocently taken by his greedy uncle. “To be or not to be?” is the question Hamlet often asks himself along his great journey of revenge, where many emotional encounters