When you say your going to do something, you better do it. Words may indeed lie, but actions always tell the truth. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet the protagonist Hamlet goes through numerous tragedies that cause him depression. His father dies, and his mother marries his uncle. This stress put on him is what essentially created his tragic flaw.
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
Secrecy, deception, and duplicity are significant words that express Hamlet’s on-going madness. One of many forms of Hamlet’s madness lies within his deceitful actions that escalate from Claudius’s murderous attempt on Old Hamlet. As the play develops, readers may acknowledge suspicious and wariness atmospheres as Hamlet seeks to find confirmation and evidence against Claudius’s ferocious act. Hamlet’s deceitfulness is abundant and can be recognised throughout the play. His intention to justify his uncle’s murderous act involves deceitful planning and duplicitous mindset.
Bryanna E. McCool Mrs. Dean British Literature 25 January 2018 Mental Illness in Shakespeare’s Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, a play wrought with prophecies, deception, guilt, and death, brings light to the symptoms of mental illnesses and their effects on the human brain’s ability to reason, trust, and act in times of pressure. Both Macbeth and his lady are plagued by mental illness, and the effects of their illness only grow as the play evolves. Macbeth’s symptoms of schizophrenia and anxiety, as well as Lady Macbeth’s anxiety as well as hallucinations that eventually push her to suicide prove that not only can mental illness alter the way a person sees a situation, but it can also drive them to harm others and themselves. Macbeth’s guilt and battle with mental illness begins early within the play: right after the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth, once a loyal sergeant in Duncan’s army, has killed the king in order to possess the throne of Scotland.
Mental Illness: Were They Aware? In the late 16th to the early 17th centuries, mental illness was often misinterpreted as witchcraft. William Shakespeare, a renowned writer, had a great understanding of this. He shows this through his writing, especially in Macbeth, by incorporating guilt, hallucinations, PTSD, and witchcraft for his audience. A private psychotherapist stated “William Shakespeare, the most brilliant psychotherapist who never once treated a patient.” (Berglas) His understanding for mental illness is what makes his work so in depth and it draws his audience in to the suspense and mystery.
Old King Hamlet was murdered by his brother who is now married to the Queen, Hamlet's mother, therefore making him now the King of Elsinore. Gertrude believes that Hamlet isn’t a “man,” biologically he is, but he’s not mentally strong. “Nay, it in. I know not “seems.” Tis not alone in my inky cloak mother. But I have that within which passes show, these but the trappings and the suits of woe,” says Hamlet (pg.
Gertrude is told upon multiple occasions of her son’s deceiving fits of lunacy, a few times she is told this by Hamlet himself, “That I essentially am not in madness/But mad in craft” (Shakespeare 183). Hamlet’s wise plans throughout the play are what prove his perfectly crafted madness. The Prince’s true sanity was the backbone of the whole play. There need he no doubt, then, that Hamlet's madness was really feigned. He saw much to be gained by it, and to this end he did many things that the persons of the drama must construe as madness.
The ghost’s appearance has a significant impact on Hamlet’s behaviors and forms his decisions through the play. Hamlet, who is suffering from depression since he is dealing with his father’s death and the hasty marriage of his mother with Claudius, his uncle, became obsessed with the concept of life and death after seeing his father’s ghost. In the first appearance of the ghost, he reveals the truth about the how the king has been murdered, which drives Hamlet to seek revenge, and by revenge killing his uncle. The ghost establishes a dilemma and gives Hamlet time to think about his father’s request. But Hamlet has an uncertainty about the existence of the ghost as he notes “the spirit that I have seen may be the devil, and the devil hath power T ' assume a pleasing shape” (2.2.561–563) here, Hamlet is concerned that the ghost may be the devil and questions the motivation of the ghost for killing Claudius.
Each has endless possible ways of linking it back to Hamlet in some way, shape or form. While he did claim to be putting on act and only pretending to be psychotic, part of me strongly believes that someone of 100% mental stability would not be able to pull off a psychotic act without a little mental illness helping lead the charge. I feel it is only fair to diagnose Hamlet with Bipolar Disorder. Online health blog, WebMD, defines Bipolar Disorder as a mental illness that brings severe high and
Those question were quickly answered when the supposed ghost of King Hamlet came “back from the dead”, as he wished to speak with Hamlet. He then told Hamlet that he did not die of natural causes, but his death was caused by his uncle, now King Claudius. This is when the ghost tells Hamlet to “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”(I.v.29), This is the motivation behind all of Hamlet’s actions through the rest of Act 1, and 2, as his quest is to revenge his father’s early passing, and take rule over Denmark. What brings the character pain? How does this pain manifest itself?