Hamlet Essays

  • Insanity in 'Hamlet'

    1180 Words  | 5 Pages

    Should insanity be considered a curse or a blessing in disguise? In the play, Hamlet, by Shakespeare, there are many characters whose intentions were all masked by lies and deception. The character, King Claudius, often comes to mind since he was the one to spark the future sequence of events filled with violence and death that would occur in the play by killing King Hamlet; however, Prince Hamlet’s questionable character and sanity are often over-looked. Hamlet portrays his mental stability as rapidly faltering in order to seek the revenge of his father’s death. The need for revenge led to Hamlet’s idea to deceive those around him by seeming insane. The way Hamlet sacrificed his reputation and pretended to be insane ultimately lead to his true insanity and final act of revenge.

  • Self Deception In Hamlet

    1328 Words  | 6 Pages

    Everyone sees the play Hamlet as this great tragedy and a quest for revenge, and it is one, but it’s all filled with so much deception and lies. The characters lie to each other, they spy and create plans to find out information. This use of hidden yet obvious deception just shows how rotton human beings can be with each other and how easily they can turn on one another to further themselves to get what they want. It eventually shows that by using all your energy towards a plan of revenge, can cause self deception. In this story, Shakespeare uses certain structures to reveal that by using deceit one may actually be able to get to the truth. This play stands as an example to let people into the ideas that these characters also have thoughts, ideas, suspicions, etc. and sometimes they have to second guess their

  • Loss Of Innocence In Hamlet

    731 Words  | 3 Pages

    Hamlet returned to Elsinore and received some shocking news that Hamlet’s mother had married his uncle. His expression was sad and upset all at once in his disgusted face of anger. There the door opened with the new king and the old queen entered and Hamlet standing like a tall tree and not moving like a stonewall. In the play Hamlet,by Shakespeare, Hamlet the prince of Denmark was listening to his uncle Claudius about his marrige and and him exhibiting happiness about it while Hamlet looks ashamed. As his uncle advised him to stay in his home he grows into rage about everything that happened when he came back because Claudius was having a party while he was stuck in his own house waiting for them to return. Hamlet is justifiably

  • Deception In Hamlet

    923 Words  | 4 Pages

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the act of deceiving to be false to or to cheat. This is done when the truth is being obscured. All throughout Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet, full of misfortune and fate, conveys to the audience that appearance can be deceptive and everything cannot be taken at face value. When analyzing the disposition of each character, one can see that each is hiding behind a facade and puts on a mask to disguise their true identity. Each individual creates deception by spying, lying, and feigning to each other. Although the characters use their deception to seek out truth, it fails and leads to their own downfall. Amanda Mabillard, a Shakespeare specialist, explains that “deception can be destructive or benign; it can be practiced on others or, just as likely, self-inflicted.” Shakespeare attempts to use deception through Claudius and Hamlet to expose the truth yet proves that it only leads to destruction and demise.

  • Hamlet's Madness In Hamlet

    767 Words  | 4 Pages

    Hamlet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play that involves numerous deaths. Hamlet is the main character in the play and he is depicted as an insane person. Hamlet faked his madness so as to confuse Claudius and his assistants in order to find the truth about the death of his father. He acted strange when he was around the king and his attendants and this is evident when he tells his friend Guildenstem that "his uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived" (Shakespeare). In addition, when they enter the court party, Hamlet tells Horatio that "I must be idle," meaning he is trying to feign his madness. He also confesses to his mother that "I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft" (Shakespeare). For Hamlet, he had to pretend to be mad in order to plan and execute his revenge against Claudia. Hamlet’s madness played an important role in the play because he later on became insane after he had feigned his insanity. It is obvious that Hamlet had a troubled mind in the play because he was torn on what to do in order to avenge his father’s death. He was torn between whether he was following his father’s wish or the wish of the ghost that appeared to him. This made him insane because, he spent his time worrying about his father’s death revenge and this affected his state of mind. Hamlet became insane because

  • Analysis: A Misguided Hamlet

    995 Words  | 4 Pages

    In William Shakespeare’s, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, a young prince named Hamlet is depressed and misguided. His father, the King has died and his mother Gertrude has already remarried his uncle Claudius. Hamlet is absolutely torn until his father’s ghost visits the castle and entreats Hamlet to avenge his death and kill his uncle King Claudius. Hamlet begins to test Claudius with plays and when Claudius finds out, all he has by his side is his councilor Polonius. Polonius tries to entrap Hamlet in every way possible, even by using his daughter Ophelia. As they all attempt to sabotage each other and try to protect themselves it all leads to a bloodbath in Elsinore.

  • How Is Hamlet Insane

    845 Words  | 4 Pages

    In the commonly known children’s story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll, Alice dreams herself into a world that makes no sense. A world where up means down, big is small, left is right, and sane is insane. Wonderland in Alice’s eyes appeared absurd and Alice to those in Wonderland, seemed bizarre. Upon meeting Alice, the Mad Hatter told her, “You’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” The Mad Hatter is alluding to the fact that insanity is defined by a society as acting and thinking different than everyone else. Everyone is a little crazy in their own way, but that doesn’t make them mentally ill. Just as Alice was considered mad to those in Wonderland, Prince

  • The Motif Of Madness In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    If up until now our discussion portrayed Hamlet´s intellect and his brilliant manipulation of the other characters, now it is time to focus on his maniacal behavior and its justification.

  • Madness And Irrational Behavior In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the delusion of madness and irrational behavior contributes largely to the development of the character Hamlet. Following the death of his father, Hamlet decides to inspect how his father passed away. The clearest way to processed is to act helplessly insane. With numerous events of deranged encounters, Hamlet portrays this as a reasonable behavior.

  • Hamlet Really Crazy Analysis

    1139 Words  | 5 Pages

    During this play of Hamlet by Shakespeare, Hamlet is approached with crazy situations that make him act out of the ordinary. Such as the vengeance he has for the killing of his father. He isn’t actually crazy but acts like it throughout the play because it is all part of his plan to kill Claudius. As the play continues his act of a maniac becomes better and better which then leads to the other characters actually believing him. But he is not really mad, he is just acting to fulfill the duty to his father. He goes above and beyond in this act of his to make people believe and even himself that in fact he is crazy. He claims he is crazy in order to portray his act, otherwise it is forbidden to act in such a way. His plan is to keep people from

  • Polonius Madness In Hamlet

    482 Words  | 2 Pages

    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” Polonius’ quote to Hamlet displayed his first occurance with his insanity by throwing books and saying sarcastic things to Polonius. During the play, Hamlet displays his insanity very clearly. He is almost hard to recognize to his closest peers and family because he let revenge almost fully takes over his conscience. His only goal is to get revenge on his uncle, King Claudius who had recently poisoned and killed his father.

  • Cause Of Grief In Hamlet

    925 Words  | 4 Pages

    According to Swiss Psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, when dealing with the loss or death of a loved one, people experience the five stages of grief, those being: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. However, many people experience these stages differently, for different periods of time, or even not at all. With that being said, in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character and namesake for the play experiences most of the stages of grief, such as bargaining, anger, and depression, due to the death of his father causing his thirst for revenge against his uncle. and his lack of acceptance in regards to his mother's choices. Within this context, depression turns out to be the front-runner when it comes to the 5 stages, and subsequently is one of the main features of this play, as it causes Hamlet to reevaluate the fatality of his father, his mother’s new marriage, and eventually his own life.

  • The Importance Of Madness In Hamlet

    1241 Words  | 5 Pages

    In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, it can be seen that Hamlet intends to feign madness as a means to kill the king, Claudius. However, readers have argued about the legitimacy of Hamlet’s madness and whether or not it is truly an act. There have been instances in the play where it is apparent that Hamlet is faking his madness and there have been scenes in different parts of the play where the madness seems to be too convincing to be considered an act. The fact that readers are arguing about whether Hamlet is truly mad or not shows how convincing Hamlet’s acting is. To answer the question, Hamlet is not actually crazy and all of his actions are part of a bigger plan to convince Claudius that he is crazy. By closely analyzing Hamlet’s actions

  • Why Is Hamlet's Madness Real

    451 Words  | 2 Pages

    In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, there are a series of events that causes Hamlet to act abnormally. He has to deal with his father’s death, mother’s remarriage, and his lover Ophelia. However, it is often argued whether Hamlet’s madness is real or fake. Throughout the tragedy, he is over-exaggerating his madness for his plan of revenge. 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.

  • Insanity In Hamlet

    1863 Words  | 8 Pages

    It is true that throughout William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet is insane. Hamlet's insanity goes onward well with the drama story to bring thrill and insecurity. Even though Hamlet says to the audience that he is not insane, it is just part of his evil scheme for the king of Denmark:Claudius. Claudius murdered his brother, takes over the throne and marrying his brother's wife. Hamlet finds out the truth and aims to discover more information about his father's murder and he does this by being insane. He acts insane towards all characters. These characters are King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern. Following with Ophelia, Laertes, Horatio, and the Ghost. He goes paranoid to show the reader what he has to face and what he must

  • The Theme of Deception in 'Hamlet'

    1611 Words  | 7 Pages

    Throughout history there have been multiple works of literature that involve characters who function by deceitful motives. These pieces of literature involve numerous characters who deceive one another in order to achieve some type of personal gain, expose truths, or fulfill commands. In the tragedy titled The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare, deception formulates in result of multiple diverse events, and it plays an enormous role in how the story plays out. There are many instances where Hamlet deceives another character, which ultimately leads to the tragic end result of this play, which demonstrates to readers that seeking revenge only brings about hardship, death, and destruction. As the play develops, the protagonist Hamlet deceives Claudius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and at times himself. Hamlet operates by deception which is constructed by a battle within himself that bears the question, “Kill Claudius or spare his life?’. This battle comes about after an interaction with the ghost of his father that triggers him to be deceptive, ultimately leading to the total demolition of an empire. Each of these instances of deceit contributes to the message underlying the work as a whole, which reveals; revenge is not the answer.

  • How Does Odysseus Use Deception In Hamlet

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    The heroes in the “Odyssey” and “Hamlet” both practice deception to attain revenge against those who have wronged them. However, the way in which they go about these deceptions is very different between the two. It must also be noted that although revenge is clearly an overwhelming influence in the two stories it is not viewed in a truly positive light in either. In Hamlet the young prince uses deception as a means to bring about his revenge for his father’s murder. The image of madness which he intends to project would likely have protected him if he had ever gone through with his plans of revenge and killed his uncle. Unfortunately, his unclearness leads to his downfall. Odysseus on the other hand uses physical disguises rather than artificial madness to deceive his enemies and achieve his ends.

  • Deception, Lies and Love in 'Hamlet'

    933 Words  | 4 Pages

    Everyone sees the play Hamlet as this great tragedy and a quest for revenge, and it is one, but it’s all filled with so much deception and lies. The characters lie to each other, they spy and create plans to find out information. This use of hidden yet obvious deception just shows how rotton human beings can be with each other and how easily they can turn on one another to further themselves to get what they want. It eventually shows that by using all your energy towards a plan of revenge, can cause self deception. In this story, Shakespeare uses certain structures to reveal that by using deceit one may be able to get to the truth. This play was written to let people into the ideas that the characters also have thoughts, ideas, suspicions, etc. and sometimes they have to second guess their decisions as well. In this story there is an event that is commonly known as a “play inside of a play”, and by using this in the story it reveals the effectiveness of using deceit to pull the truth out of people, to see their true nature and what they’re capable of. Although everyone is using trickery, Hamlet’s deception is quite possibly the cruelest out of everyone because it causes the most deaths. In this story, Hamlet deceives basically everyone in the play even himself. He deceives himself into thinking what he is doing is justified and that his uncle must burn in hell for what he has done and this is why he hides behind his fake insanity.

  • Critical Theme Of Revenge In Hamlet

    1025 Words  | 5 Pages

    Hamlet is a play that incorporates betrayal, vengeance, misguided love, and death into its plot to showcase the downfall of Hamlet. There are many questions that arise within the plot that are left una

  • Moral Truth In Hamlet

    154 Words  | 1 Pages

    Moral Truth comes into play when Hamlet is debating about whether or not to kill Claudius. He often debates on whether or not he would be justified in killing his own uncle. He knows that murder is wrong, but is it wrong to avenge his own father’s murder? This question is constantly in his head and part of the reason as to why he goes insane. He tries to plan out the murder of Claudius in a way that he will not feel guilty afterwards. Moral Truth is also evident because Claudius knows that killing his own brother is wrong, but he was so consumed by his need for power that he no longer cared about what is right or wrong. Claudius also knows that marrying his brother’s sister is not viewed well in society, but he no longer cares, so long as he