Hamlet Insane Or Insane Essay

910 words - 4 pages

Amrit Maraj May 27, 2011
Period 3
A major debate concerning one of Shakespeare’s most famous works, “Hamlet the Prince of Denmark” is whether or not its main character Hamlet is doing as he says which is “putting on an act of madness” or has all the madness surrounding actually driven him insane. As seen throughout the play, Hamlet experiences what some may identify as mood swings, going rapidly at times from one emotion to another. Mood swings like those are shown in various dialogs and soliloquys across this play. I believe that after learning the truth about his father’s death, King Hamlet, the young prince used this idea of acting insane to learn who he can really trust and ...view middle of the document...

Hamlet’s behavior throughout the play especially towards Ophelia is unsuitable. She describes Hamlet’s extremely strange behavior when he came into her room wearing sordid pants, unbuckled around his ankles. His face, pale as death, knees shaking with the fear of hell, the actions of an insane person not those of a sane person pretending to be insane just so they can take revenge on their father’s killer. Hamlet also does something we wouldn’t expect. He jumps into the grave of Ophelia’s and fights with Laertes about who loved her more. He professes “I lov’d Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum.” ( V, i, 270-272], during the fight with Laertes in Ophelia’s grave. Hamlet tells her that he never loved her when she returns his letters and gifts, while she was still alive. Hamlet subtly hints his awareness of his dissolving sanity as he tells Laertes that he killed Polonius in a fit of madness. Hamlet has violent outbursts towards his mother. His outburst seems to be out of jealousy. Jealousy towards his mother for remarrying claudius so soon after his father, Hamlet SR’s death. Hamlet tells his mother “That I essentially am not in maddness, But mad in craft:” ( III, IV, 187-188). He alone also sees his father’s ghost in his mother’s chambers. Every time the ghost appeared someone else has also experienced his presence. During the scene when Hamlet’s talking to his mother he finally shows his madness. Hamlet’s mother does not see the ghost...

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