In the play Hamlet, we are introduced to Hamlet’s character who stumbles upon the Ghost of his father and swears to avenge his father’s murderer. Shakespeare uses the character, Hamlet, to illustrate the theme of madness. Due to the chain of events that has occurred in Denmark, it is proven that these events drive Hamlet towards insanity. As the play progresses, Hamlet has starts transitioning into a mad person through his act of madness. By the end of the play, Hamlet’s state of mind has gone out of control. In the beginning, we can see that Hamlet’s state of mind is distraught due to his father’s death and his mother’s hastily marriage. Later on, Hamlet stumbles upon the Ghost of his father and uncovers the truth of his death that causes Hamlet to act mad to avenge his father’s death. The chain of events that has occurred proves that it has driven Hamlet towards insanity. To start with, Ever since the death of Hamlet Sr., Hamlet is appeared to be in a state of madness as he says, “But I have that within which passeth show, / These but the trappings and the suits of woe.” (1.2.85-86) where he states that his display of grief can merely show what he actually feels and that he has more grief inside of him that is hidden. …show more content…
er, Hamlet has his step-father, King Claudius who finds it useless to mourn over his father when he says, “We pray to you, throw to earth / This prevailing woe, and think of us / As of a father.” (1.2.106-109) where he also tells him to think of him as his new father; not to
Hamlet himself could be called insane due to his depression, and his obsession with revenge. Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be or not to be”, shows off his depression, his want of death but inability to draw the blade on himself for fear that the end is worse than the now. Another quote of Hamlet’s, “With wings as swift / As meditation, or the thoughts of love,' he will 'sweep to [his] revenge.”, shows his dedication to vengeance. The ghost only he can speak to, the ghost that resembles his father, continues to push Hamlet to seek revenge, eventually causing Hamlet’s
In this play, his killings, ideology, and behavior toward everyone are, in my opinion, insane. No matter how you look at it, sure, he was a victim of losing his father, but in the process, he made innocent people part of his vengeance. Hamlet exemplifies insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet as he let's his thirst for revenge overpower him. This is seen through his multiple killings, his psychotic ideology and his behavioral issues that he has with others.
Insanity is an idea that has been examined for a long time in numerous mediums such as films, music, plays, and even works of literature. William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is no exception to that rule. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters, and many scholars have been debating for centuries whether or not Hamlet is truly insane, or whether there is a particular reason for his odd behavior. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet merely pretends to be mad but in reality is sane.
Hamlet was already struggling mentally so when he is told bad, new information about his father’s death, it adds to his mental decline. This leads to Hamlet’s anger growing and he becomes unhealthily obsessed with getting vengeance. His plan to succeed in taking his revenge was to act insane. This facade of insanity helps lead to the decline of Hamlet's mental
This eventually causes for Hamlet’s confusion and ultimate downfall into insanity. The structure of Shakespeare's play also adds to Hamlet’s insane nature by holding off certain events that had been anticipated, such as Hamlet’s countless opportunities to kill Claudius. The character’s madness adds to the unique structure of the play, his insanity does not fully present itself at a certain point in the although he does show signs of unclear thoughts in Act II, Scene i. The structural technique of Hamlet’s descend into
Hamlet is sane because he only acts mad in front of certain people, he told his friends of his plan of revenge, and the fact that many people continuously doubted his insanity. Hamlet only acted insane in front of the king and his chairmen. In other times, he acted completely normal. This is because to get revenge for the death of his father, he needs to buy time distracting King Claudius so that he can kill him. He admits to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he is “but mad north-north-west.
When the play first began Hamlet did not seem crazy but more depressed and suicidal after his father’s death, he did not begin to act crazy until learning about his father’s murder. ”How strange or odd soe’er I bear myself, to put an antic disposition on...”, here Hamlet tells Horatio that he will start to act crazy but for them to just ignore it. After this when Hamlet only acts mad around thoses who he does not trust but when
Madness is often a symptom, and in the case of Hamlet this may be the reason behind his actions. The death of Hamlet’s father is the catalyst for Hamlet, causing him to see the ghost and ultimately become obsessed with the idea of revenge. A common theme for shakespeare is to explore a character’s mind and reasonings, and Hamlet’s character being mad was a perfect opportunity to continue this theme. Hamlet’s debatable madness, Ophelia being truly mad and the death of every character involved with Hamlet or his father is a prime example of tragedy, which Shakespeare is known for. While Hamlet’s madness is not certain, it is indisputable that the play Hamlet was built off of the idea of what is madness, and how does it affect one’s
What would one expect the personality of a man whose father was murdered by his uncle, who becomes his step-father? The personality in question points to Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark—who William Shakespeare depicts in his play “Hamlet.” A character analysis of Hamlet reveals that through his internal dialogue, his interpretation of his father 's murder, and his actions, his traits—bitterness, depression, and anger—emerge. Scholars have studied Hamlet for decades, and most have concluded that Hamlet 's personality indicated insanity. However, after observing Hamlet 's actions, his actions throughout the play do not resemble those of an insane person.
Hamlet is comparable to the way many teens’ families work in their regular everyday life. I honestly think Hamlet is very comparable to teen’s family dynamics. In the book Hamlet is fighting for his farther the whole time. In teens’ whose family has divorced they usually prefer to fight for their real dad over their step dad.
Some people may believe that the connection and strong affection between Hamlet and his father caused his anger to kindle even more towards Claudius, eventually leading to Hamlet's ambition towards killing his uncle. However, Hamlet is not able to take revenge because of his emotions, but when he sets them aside he is able to take action and therefore is not affected by the love of his father. Hamlet says “[i]s it monstrous that this player here,/ But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,/ could force his soul so to his own conceit/ That from her working all his visage wanned,/ Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,/ A broken voice, and his whole function suiting/ With forms to his conceit?
Many characters show signs of intelligence throughout William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as they conjure plans to achieve their goals. However, Hamlet’s intelligence is far superior to that of all the other characters. He is capable of altering the kingdom’s perception of him to his advantage by adjusting his behaviours. The schemes he devises outsmart everyone and leave him to appear innocent. Most importantly, Hamlet miraculously escapes his own death and instead brings an end to those involved in his execution.
He just acts like he is insane to get the information he needs. Like other people when they go through hard times they eventually become a differnet person. Either for the better or the worse. Hamlet eventually finds out and then knows what to do. Hamlet may slip to madness in some moments but he never actually goes mad.
The traumatic events in Hamlet's life are what cause him to become mad. The first traumatic event that affects Hamlet is the death of his father and his mother’s remarriage. The death of his father was a mystery at first which caused Hamlet to become even more depressed