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.
Forgettable Heros In the Shakespeare 's play Hamlet Polonius is the tragic hero. Hamlet 's describes a person “who was in life a foolish prating knave.”(Shakespeare 3.4.338) In the eyes of the reader what Polonius is doing is foolish. However, his foolishness does not take away the virtues in Polonius actions. In fact, it compounds the tragedy in his story. Hamlet on the other hand is the main antagonist of the story and causes all of the calamities.
An example of this would be when he basically mocks the fact that Othello trusts him by saying “Oh, you are well tuned now, / But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, / As honest as I am”(2.1.186-188). This displays irony because he is completely aware of his deceitful nature, yet continues to proclaim that he is an honest man. Iago also boasts about his dishonesty and plan to ruin Othello’s life by sarcastically questioning “And what’s he then that says I play the villain / When this advice is free I give and honest.”(2.3.245-246) His actions exhibit irony because he claims he gave Cassio “good” advice, but it eventually ends up causing Othello to hate him. Again, this displays how Iago conspires to ruin Othello by deceiving Cassio while also still claiming his
Manipulation without Motivation In the tragic play, Othello, William Shakespeare creates the true wickedness of the character, Iago, through his devious plans created to cause the demise of Othello. Shakespeare crafts Iago’s evil characteristic through the way he manipulates others in order to carry out his plans and his unfit motivation for his maliciousness. Shakespeare continues to craft Iago’s evil nature through the manipulation he demonstrates on multiple people in order to carry out a fully executed plan without anyone catching him in the act. In one of Iago’s major soliloquys, he suggests “When devils will the blackest sins put on/they do suggest at first with heavenly shows/As [he does] now,” (II, iii, 260-262) in order for Shakespeare
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the protagonist acts insane, but there is evidence that it is nothing more than a sham. Hamlet, the protagonist, acts insane to a selected group of people, specifically nobles. Some of the nobles see through this act and have a hunch that he
I would suggest that Shakespeare, ever the masterful strategist, is using this title to draw attention to the chaos of the “much ado,” which is ultimately born from his characters ' liberal use of deceit. If the plot begins and ends with “nothing", then we must depend entirely upon the “much ado” created by deceit in the middle, to discover the meaning in this play. In my reading of Much Ado About Nothing, I identify three types of deception: deception of others for benevolent reasons, deception of others for malicious reasons, and self-deception. Of the three, I argue that the last is the most dangerous. But first, I will present examples of each and explore
In Hamlet, the state of family dynamics as well as the concept of trust is challenged through Hamlet’s external conflict with his mother, Queen Gertrude. Hamlet, already in mourning, is enraged at his mother and his uncle, Claudius, the new king of Denmark, for marrying so shortly after the death of his father; Gertrude attempts to comfort Hamlet in that death is a key element of life and is immutable. Hamlet does not openly express his discontent towards Gertrude and Claudius at first, though he does make his mourning known “Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not 'seems.' 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother… These but the trappings and the suits of woe”(I.ii.76-87).
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.
Crawford states that Shakespeare includes Hamlet’s fits of madness were deliberately used to make Claudius and his attendants confused and for them to think Hamlet’s mental health is deteriorating. Crawford analyzes, “The fact that he [Hamlet] has made it appear like real madness to many critics today only goes to show the wideness of his knowledge and the greatness of his dramatic skill” (Crawford. 1916. p 1.). Crawford states that Hamlet is merely acting insane and he is extremely clever for doing this. He says that because there is such a big debate over Hamlet’s sanity goes to show how clever Hamlet was in his approach to revenge.
He is, however, passionate about killing Claudius. Another contrast is that Hamlet is a thinker and a planner, where Oedipus is more emotional and wasn 't patient enough to fully investigate the murder of Laius. It is difficult to abandon the emotion to our mothers, a psychological fear of failure, afraiding to lose his mother, subsequently arise the antipathy to her. The result is the appearance
The passage is saying that the lunatic is uncontrollable and no one can make the lunatic regain his sanity until the lord has arrived. Holden, on the other hand, has struggled with mental issues throughout the novel. For example, in the novel, Holden says, “I 'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas” (1). Holden uses the word “madman”, which is referred to him, and the word “madman” means someone in a mentally ill state. Holden is unaware of the fact that he and the lunatic are both madmans.
However in the play Hamlet was depicted as a mad man when under the surface he was very smart and calculated. He led the people to believe he was mad just so he would not be disturbed in planning his revenge on the king. Since Hamlet didn’t have the time to properly grieve all of his feelings were channeled into hatred,