Hamlet is a very confusing character in the story Hamlet. In this story Hamlet is acting as an insane person towards typical people. This is very debatable because, Hamlet is a person who switches on and off being an insane or sane person. There is many evidence that proves that Hamlet is not actually an insane person. Hamlet is a sane person because of the actions he takes.
Claudius decides to send his nephew to England because he recognizes that Hamlet isn’t mentally crazy just revenge crazy. Hamlet’s madness throughout the play was created by his intellectual and able mind as a ploy to ultimately get him something he wanted, revenge. His craziness was not real, just as Alice’s assumed craziness in Wonderland was not real. As the Cheshire cat says, “We’re all mad here,” we’re all a little crazy. All the characters in Hamlet are a little crazy and Hamlet’s intentional craziness is mistaken for real insanity when actually he is just as sane as everyone
While Hamlet is speaking erratically and behaving oddly, he still maintains control over his actions and movement throughout the story. The differences in their madness strongly support the assertion that Hamlet is, in fact, not truly mad. "The mad role that Hamlet plays to perfection is certainly a proof of Shakespeare's genius, but by no means a surety of the insanity of the prince, unless we be prepared to maintain that no one saves a madman can simulate dementia" (Blackmore). As Blackmore points out, his crazy behavior is such that only someone who is not mad could play the part so well. Again, a truly mad person would not have so much control over his actions and
We know the weight that the success of this play carries because he calls anyone who merely adds a line for a cheap laugh “villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it” because it would take away from the focus of the “necessary question of the play.” It’s so important that the audience perceives that question that the play raises that Hamlet also says that he’d “have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant.” Even though this isn’t a character in the play the point is that if the players go overboard with their acting then Hamlet would go so far as being incited to physical violence, foreshadowing the violence that is coming. Hamlet likens over acting to a storm, a “torrent, tempest, and (as I might say) a whirlwind of your passion” which would be disastrous and even destructive to his plan. Hamlet’s explanation of how he wants the play to be performed reveals a recurring theme in the conversation between the director and the players. This is the idea that the theatre is meant to reflect the nature of
In Hamlet, madness serves to “convey the disillusion and despair that pervades the characters, and leads them to rash and self-destructive acts” (Lidz 33). Hamlet’s despair drives him to madness, which, in turn, drives him to decimating his relationships with his mother and Ophelia, and ultimately, to death. Hamlet’s descent into insanity explores the “possible reasons of degeneration of the human mind”, the idea that ultimate desolation, unwavering grief, may be a driving force for developing insanity (Bali 84). Hamlet’s disparaging tendencies are a result of the degeneration of his mind, an unpleasant side effect of his cavernous grief and longing for his The influence of his madness is exemplified when Laertes does not, in the end, condemn Hamlet for his, Ophelia’s, and Polonius’s deaths. 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).
Have you ever drifted away from your own sanity in hopes of getting revenge? Does the thought of violence or chaos cross your mind when it seems like the world is out to get you? In one of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Hamlet, acts of violence seem to follow each and every character in the play. In the beginning, Hamlet was thrown into a whirlwind of change and endless emotions. With his father just being murdered by his uncle Claudius and Polonius banning the relationship between him and Ophelia, the only thought running through Hamlet’s mind was anger and revenge.
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
In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago uses his words to exploit vulnerabilities and manipulate people. Throughout the play, Shakespeare introduces poison, herbs, and medicine to depict how words affect a person and bring out their inner flaws or desires. Poisons reflect how all of the characters’ actions, reputations, and affections are governed by what they have heard, or what is said about them, not their own opinions. Words are Iago’s poison, which he employs to manifest ideas of self-deprecation in Othello’s mind, causing him to seek revenge. At the beginning of the play, Othello is confident.
First, her boyfriend dumps her, then he calls her vulgar names, and lastly, he kills her father. Just one of these traumatic events could make a character go mad, but the combination of the three justifies Ophelia’s madness. The use of these three tragic events in Ophelia’s life makes her madness reasonable. The first event to happen that changes Ophelia’s demeanor is her relationship problems with her boyfriend, Hamlet. In Act III, Scene I of the play, Ophelia says to Hamlet “My lord, I have remembrances of yours, That I have longed long
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 the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, In the story, a character by the name of Hamlet, has a tough decision. Should Hamlet kill his uncle or should he let him live. This thought drives Hamlet crazy or into complete madness, or is he? This question has been asked by readers for hundreds of years. My personal opinion on if Hamlet slips into madness is yes, that he does actually go insane in the play.
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,