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.
In the end Hamlet kills Claudius however, how he kills him is ironic because Claudius killed Hamlet’s father with poison and Claudius gets killed by his own poison. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet is faced with both internal and external conflicts that influence him throughout the play. One internal conflict that Hamlet faces within himself is his issue of trust which was exemplified by him being uneasy about his father’s apparition and not sure if it was true or a demon created by the devil himself. Another internal conflict he faces is his tragic flaw, which is his inability to make a solid decision. Hamlet was also faced with his external conflicts; the largest is his ongoing battle with Claudius and his plan to kill him for this
Throughout the play Hamlet continues to act insane and even dies with the act continuing. Even after Hamlet gathers all the evidence that proves Claudius is the murder, Hamlet continues to behave in a strange way. When he mistakenly murders Polonius he does not react as a sane person would. This act enrages Laertes, who then wants to avenge his father’s death. Driven to madness by the murder of his father, Laertes, with the help of Claudius conspires to kill Hamlet.
He practically confesses his insanity is all for show because he says so and because he tells his best friend, Horatio, not to worry about him whatsoever. Towards the end of act 5, Hamlet again admits his insanity caused his previous actions. Rather this time, it may have been more for saving his life rather than planning to end someone else’s. Before the deadly duel against Laertes, Hamlet decides he should apologize for his actions at Ophelia’s grave and for killing Polonius. “What I have done, That might your nature, honor, and exception Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness,” he pleads.
Not trusting many people in the kingdome for the most part of the play, the reader rarely sees Hamlet's true feeling explained to another person. In act five Learties challenges Hamlet to a duel to revenge his sister's death which he blames on Hamlet. Once hearing the news Horatio become greatly concerned for Hamlet's well-being, and tries to convince him to say he is not fit to dule. “ You will lose my lord--”...“ If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit.” (5.2.223) Not listening to Horatio, Hamlet duels with laertes and is struck with a poisoned blade.
Hamlet even becomes suicidal at one point. Hamlet contemplates suicide “To die, to sleep -/ To sleep perchance to dream” (III.i.72-73). He compares sleep to dying and dreaming to the afterlife. Queen Gertrude tells Hamlet that he has made his father angry “Thou hast thy father much offended” (III.iv.12). Hamlet becomes very upset because King Claudius is not his real 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).
Hamlet puts on the guise of insanity, but in reality he is sane all through the story. Ophelia, on the other hand, her sanity shatters suddenly and truly goes mad. She struggles with her fathers death and her lovers absence so much that she is driven insane and eventually commits suicide. One of the most important quotes from Hamlet is "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet, To put an antic disposition on"(1.5.191-192). This quote is crucial to the story as a whole because it tells the audience that from then on Hamlet will only be acting mad.
Williams Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, describes the tragic death of King Hamlet, whose son becomes very depressed and impacted by the death of his father, causing him to plan revenge honoring his father’s death.The son, Hamlet, constantly is mourning his father and is depressed about how no one seems to be mourning for him. This causes Hamlet to lose his relationships with people in his family because he keeps to himself, rather than voicing his suffering to others in effort to heal. This inhibits his recovery and perpetuates his depressive state. Malcolm Gladwell disagrees with Hamlet’s way to handle grief and suggests a more proactive way to improve their situation. Gladwell in his piece, David and Goliath Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, suggests people should use their negative situation to their advantage.
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.