Even though there is evidence of him being sane there is some evidence that shows the reader that hamlet is actually insane. Firstly, Hamlet is a sane person. The reason for this is because he is a person who thinks things threw. In the beginning he has the choice to revenge his father so, that means that he will have to kill
The indication that “Hamlet does it not … his madness” is what forces him to behave as he does, that “Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong’d”; “his madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy” lends to the idea that lunacy is all-consuming and that the ill cannot be condemned for acts committed while mentally unstable: their mania is the true culprit (V.ii.232-238). Hamlet is driven to decimation by his madness, which forces
Hamlet and Ophelia “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once… I loved you not” (3.1.114,119). Confusion clouds the audience’s judgement reading this quote from Hamlet. His paradox insinuates that he is insane and truly did not love her. Contrary to belief though, this quote was a way to set his “mousetrap” and force her to be in the background of his grand scheme.
In his fumbled plan for revenge, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, forces Polonius's son Laertes to seek revenge against him, and drives Ophelia crazy causing her to kill herself. Hamlet's insane behavior is a significant part of the story because it is supposedly part of his revenge plan, but also because of the additional problems, it creates. Some have argued that his madness was indeed an act, but rather real madness that he was trying to cover up by telling people
Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage. “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge, it could not move thus” (Shakespeare IV, v, 145). In this quote, Laertes claims that even if Ophelia was sane, she could not persuade him any better than she is now to take revenge for them. He probably feels this way because he is angry that Ophelia has become like this, and blames it all on Hamlet. This could be a sign that he is becoming mad, since he is blaming everything on Hamlet without thinking anything through.
The audience knew the plan for Beatrice and Benedick, but their own confidence in their wit betrayed them. Also, their witty comments to each other make for highly entertaining moments. Claudio allows other people to fool him into believing untrue things, which leads to dramatic altercations with numerous characters. Dogberry’s unwittiness leads to a coincidence that saves the whole play and creates an ironic feeling that the least intelligent character discovered the evil plot. “The wit of Shakespeare’s play informs the words spoken by the characters, places the characters themselves as truly witty and intelligent, inappropriately facetious, or ingeniously witless, suggests the lines of action these characters will
So Iago tells Roderigo that he would help him to win the heart of Desdemona. Iago tricks Roderigo, which is apart of his plan to get Roderigo on board to help him. And Roderigo foolishness is what allows Iago to get embarrassed of him. After hearing Roderigo's plead for help he say's that " I hate the Moor and it is thought abroad that ' twixt my sheets has done my office./ I know if't be true,/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind will do as if surety he holds me well". (1.3.424.55) Meaning that Iago knows that he's able to use Roderigo unwillingly and get him to do his dirty work for him.
In Othello, Shakespeare intentionally made emotion a major flaw because it causes the characters to be easily manipulated and may cause the character to lose rational. Shakespeare did this to show strong of an emotion jealously is. Because of jealousy Iago is able to manipulate every character he talks to, whether they were minor like Brabantio, the father of Desdemona, or a major character like Othello, the Moor, the General, and supposedly Hero. If it weren’t for the jealously then the ending of Othello wouldn’t be so tragic. Othello’s jealously overcame Othello’s love, which made him blind to the truth.
By showing up to Ophelia in an unorderly fashion, Hamlet is able to enforce the space between the two and frighten her enough to keep her from checking in on him. Next, with his fiddle on words, Hamlet is able to inform Polonius that he knows what is being planned and succumb to it. Thus making Hamlet’s madness and irrational behaviors practical and important to the play and all of its entirety. Hamlet’s daunting appearance and dark twist on words, causes him to be thought of as demented. Believing the perfect way to continue with his search was to fake being insane and draw attention away from his investigation of his father’s death.
In Shakespeare’s quest to develop a character and create dramatic irony he uses a soliloquy, which is an internal monologue delivered by a character to introduce their innermost thoughts or feelings. In Shakespeare’s Othello, he uses a soliloquy spoken by Iago, to develop the character and create dramatic irony. By looking at Iago’s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 3, we can see that Iago is the selfish character who uses other to create destruction, which most readers don’t see; this is important because Iago’s destruction of himself and others imperative to the story. Iago’s character is manipulative, he uses the other characters to get what he wants, he does not interact with any of the characters unless they are part of his plan. Throughout
My personal opinion on if Hamlet slips into madness is yes, that he does actually go insane in the play. In the following paragraphs I 'm going to talk about my opinion on the matter, why I think it Hamlet is not just acting and the evidence I can gather from either side of the argument. On the other hand, I also feel like Hamlet is just merely acting the part, that he is actually not insane, and just showing it. In the story of Hamlet, Hamlet has the feeling
When betrayed, one usually has negative emotions towards the people who have betrayed them. In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare this idea is well illustrated, it is shown that betrayal affects the actions of Hamlet towards his friends and family, which indicates that the pursuit of vengeance often can cause one to forget the value of life. The betrayals that Hamlet suffered at the hands of his close friends and family, revealed important parts of Hamlet’s character, such as his intelligence, he is a very meticulous thinker that looks at situations from all angles, he is cunning, he has the ability to manipulate everyone into believing that he is insane, and he is skeptical, he does not believe any information until he finds it out for