He soon makes his insanity known to all his peers who think the reason he is crazy is because he is “crazy in love” with Ophelia who is Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain’s, daughter. Hamlet starts talking erratically and when he speaks to Polonius he calls him names like “fishmonger” and “old fool.” Instead of getting upset, Polonius pushes it to the side because he believes that it is simply Hamlets “crazy” talking. This is one of the ways that Hamlet uses his madness to his advantage. “He seems to use it as a tool or a veneer to act irrationally and assert his opinion about matters without being made accountable for them” (Bali 83-84). However, there is one person that Hamlet speaks rationally to and it is Horatio.
Hamlet has clearly went crazy because, now he thinks killing claudius is “ok” just because others fight for nothing. Hamlet is also by himself at this time and he is thinking these thoughts. which mean he is not trying to just act crazy for someone else. This shows that Hamlet has went crazy because the lost of his loved one. Hamlet’s diction that he used when he was talking to Polonius truly showed he was going crazy.
For instance, he wasn’t sure if the ghost was telling the truth so he modifies the play, The Murder of Gonzago, to resemble the murder of his father. While the actors are performing the play, he will watch Claudius’ reactions to see if he truly is guilty. He also asks Horatio to watch Claudius to have a second opinion because Hamlet’s judgment may be bias. He says, “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (II, 2, 60). Another scene in the play where Hamlet thinks logically before lashing out is when he sees Claudius praying and is completely vulnerable, but restrains from killing him.
“Have I gone Mad?” asked the Hatter (Carroll Alice In Wonderland). In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main character Hamlet has to jump a lot of hurdles, including his mental health just like the Hatter. His father dies, his mother remarries his uncle, his friends betray him, and on top of all of that, everyone questions whether or not he is crazy. Hamlet’s craziness is visible because he speaks to ghosts, he can kill without remorse, and his many self-doubting soliloquies. The first piece of evidence that shows Hamlet is crazy is that he talks to ghosts.
His anger caused him to only think about revenge. Nelson 4 Finally, Prince Hamlet is greatly affected by his dead father’s ghost. Young Hamlet develops into an evil mad man all because of what the ghost informs him of and instructs him to do. He pretends to be mad, but the readers are led to believe he truly is mad. Hamlet became conflicted after meeting with the ghost.
Hamlet’s “antic disposition” is merely an act, and serves to mask his intentions of revenge from his peers; Hamlet does become somewhat unstable, though, and lapses into brief moments of true insanity. Following the first encounter with his father, Hamlet vows to put on an act of madness to hide his actions and thoughts from the King. Hamlet’s feigned madness begins with a half-naked appearance in Ophelia’s chambers, and escalates from that point onward. The effect of the “antic disposition” seems to wear off by Act IV though, as Hamlet’s actions cause Claudius to become suspicious of Hamlet. Hamlet seems to experience moments of true insanity at times, though, as seen when he rashly kills Polonius.
Hamlet is distressed following the death of his father and the hurried marriage of his mother to Claudius who takes over the throne. The Uncle attempts to control Hamlet with care as he plans a scheme to stir up trouble. When Hamlet confirms his own fears, he meets the ghost of his father who urges Hamlet to avenge Claudius. The ghost says, "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (Shakespeare, I, V, 31). A strategy to ensure he is not suspected to his plan, Hamlet fakes loyalty and obedience to Claudius.
Hamlet is the neither the hero nor the villain of his story- he is simply a victim, a young man slowly losing his grip on sanity over the course of the play. Many of Hamlet 's traits may appear to be weaknesses but they are, at second glance, strengths which aid him in his attempt to do away with Claudius. His refusal to murder the "incestuous, murderous, damned Dane" as he prays in Act 3, Scene 3 was a wise decision. If the prince had indeed killed the king he would have been immediately
Others would say that after he accepts his father 's plea for vengeance, that he uses this cloak of madness as a disguise so Claudius cannot see his murderous intentions. As many researchers know there is much evidence for both his sanity, and his madness. But which is true? In the play, Hamlet is constantly talking to himself, which is already one sign of madness, but the things that he says to himself are murderous and even suicidal quotes. One of the quotes in the play being, “HAMLET: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!
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.