The Morality Of Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Even in the 21st-century society men are taught to keep their emotions bottled inside. Shakespeare 's play Hamlet took place in the mid 14th century Denmark. The society at the time was much different than ours. Hamlet had many reasons for insanity, many included unsupportive people in his life and society as a whole. Hamlet’s love interest, Ophelia, broke up with him right after his father died. Although Ophelia was a kind girl at heart, she was bound by her father’s wishes. Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, ultimately betrayed him by killing Hamlet’s father. Then, in an attempt to cover up the murder he made a speech telling to the kingdom telling them to get over it. His mother Gertrude then remarried to Claudius. Gertrude failed Hamlet as a mother by choosing to ignore his problems. Hamlet could have grieved properly and not have been tempted to murder if society at the time had been more accepting of men’s emotional health. It was Hamlet’s support system and society that had failed him, he was definitely justified to act hysterically.
Although Ophelia had the best intentions, she abandoned Hamlet when he needed support and obeyed her father instead.
POLONIUS
“[…]
I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth
Have you so slander any moment leisure
As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.
Look to 't, I charge you. Come your ways.”

OPHELIA
“I shall obey, my lord (1.3.141-145).” Ophelia broke up with him right after his father died. Polonius and Claudius then used

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