State Of Madness In Hamlet

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Hamlet Essay
Throughout Shakespeare 's play, Hamlet, multiple characters descend into a state of madness. Many hindrances and traumatic experiences cause Hamlet to reach this state of unbalanced psyche. This inner turmoil drives Hamlet to action and lets him make sense of his emotions. No longer caring to maintain the social norms, Hamlet is able to follow his true desires and enact them. Therefore, he becomes progressively outspoken as the story continues. Emily Dickinson stated “Much madness is divinest Sense-/ To a discerning Eye-.” In this, Dickinson conveys her concept that those that are mad are just showing their purest selves and are revealing the truths of their surroundings that someone sane would not perceive. This means that in Hamlet’s state of madness he is able to overlook what the normal eye sees and think past normalities. Therefore this is a way that a state of madness can relate a sense of divinity or evangel intuition. Within Dickinson 's quote the
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