In the play, Shakespeare portrays Hamlet as a dynamic character to cause a mental state conundrum among the audience and explore the themes of suicide, spying, friendship, madness, providence, love, hate and humour. Furthermore, by utilising literary devices such as soliloquy, characterisation, dialogue, personification, metaphor, dramatic and situational irony Shakespeare exploits these themes and questions Hamlet’s sanity. In the beginning, Hamlet is portrayed as an overthinking person, claiming to act an antic disposition. However, as the play advances his manic rage and irrational acts such as Polonius’s murder and
These tragic flaws and tragedies include Banquo's willingness to be a bystander which gets him killed, Macduff's out of this world loyalty that compromises his family and the tyrant Macbeth's vaulting ambition that gets him murdered. Overall the lesson to be learned from this examination is that an excess in ambition only creates desperation which leads to negativity within oneself and other surrounding them as seen in the play
As a result, Hamlet strategizes to perform revenge on Claudius for his malefaction. Hamlet, the main protagonist, displays a multitude of dynamic traits that emerge as the play develops. In the tragedy that follows, Hamlet is recognized for being indecisive and is often drawn to difficult questions that cannot be answered with any certainty. The build up of Hamlet’s indecisions begin to become apparent when he questions whether the unknown beyond of death is easier to bear than life. Hamlet’s thoughts of contemplation is shown when he uncovers the internal struggles of life and death.
This is what Hamlet suffers through in the play. He is depressed and suicidal as indicated in his infamous quote, “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (3.1.57). However, while many may choose to carry on after the death of a loved one, Hamlet chose to hold on to his sorrow and pretended to be mad so he can know the truth behind his father’s death. Hamlet’s tragic life is not the cause for his madness. Hamlet drives himself to the brink of insanity
Hamlet’s Sanity “What if it tempts you toward the flood, my lord ... And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness?” (1.4.77-82 Shakespeare). Horatio says this to Hamlet while warning him he may go mad if he continues to talk to his father's ghost. This helps demonstrate how certain characters question Hamlet’s sanity. Countless literary critics have written about Hamlet’s insanity throughout the years. Though many may believe Hamlet had gone mad, Hamlet is, in fact, not insane but rather going through an extremely tough time in his life and experiencing regular human emotion.
This evidence can be crucially represented in the shared common ideology that Macbeth first turns to violence as his first escape while presenting a lucid example of this lust for peace behind bloodshed. In further reasoning, another critical reason behind the development of Macbeth's insanity was his everlasting paranoia and guilt. Throughout the play, Macbeth's struggle to cope with his guilt was displayed numerous
Another way words hold power, found in Hamlet’s tragic flaw, is his use of words instead of action throughout the play. Seen most clearly in his soliloquies, Hamlet struggles with indecisiveness to act. Using them to understand reality, they serve as turning points in the story where he finally makes decisions on how to act. In his fourth soliloquy, Hamlet scolds himself on his inaction and commits to taking action against Claudius realizing that “examples gross as earth exhort me” (4.4.45). While being harmful, words are used to drive the action of the play in Hamlet.
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.
The personality of such characters as Hamlet from William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is much remarked upon. However, it is even more meaningful to analyze changes in Hamlet’s character throughout the play. As Hamlet becomes more driven in his revenge, his actions lose morality and gain consequences. In fact, Shakespeare uses the relationship between a character’s cruelty and the meaning in the pain they cause to comment on the cyclically destructive nature of cruelty. Evidently, Hamlet is an excellent example of just such a character.
People with OCD have urges that makes them feel driven to perform. Hamlet has been starting to feel upset and angry in situations he has no control over. Hamlet has difficulty prioritizing his tasks, even if he did not start the task. Hamlet continuously wants to seek revenge