The Role Of Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Hamlet’s conditions and actions indicate that he is insane. His father dies in the beginning of the play, and such a significant loss is bound to have effects on one’s mental state. Furthermore, his mother remarries quickly and shows little grief for the death of her husband. Then, his father’s ghost visits him and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his mother’s new husband. It is obvious, and reasonable, that these occurrences would drive Hamlet to insanity. This madness can be further supported by Hamlet’s actions throughout the play. He is known to have “contradictory moods and warring passions (Poison, Play, and Duel).” His soliloquies constantly challenge each other. For example, in his famous soliloquy “To Be Or Not To Be,” Hamlet

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