It is certainly understandable for someone who has just lost their father, and gained a stepfather to suddenly go mad. Certainly, Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point. Where Lidz is saying that Hamlet is driving himself insane. But it is remarkably strange that never, like the insane, does he lapse in his frequent monologues into irrelevant and incoherent speech, nor use incongruous and inane words. Claudius managed to commit this murder by pouring poison into the ear of his brother, King Hamlet, while he was asleep during his usually nap in his garden. In Hamlet, Hamlet feigns madness after… Could Hamlet really be sane in an insane world? His actions both, help and harm him, but more evidence can be found stating that he is sane.
Hamlet changes dramatically over the course of the play and teaches readers humanity through his dramatic experiences in his life. From the outline already given it will be seen that the first of these hypotheses is assumed. These situations are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity, but he remains sharp and credible. This is because he is not the first to see it. And here, if his reproaches are vehement, if his taunts are armed with the fiercest stings, there is nothing in them which a sense of terrible wrong to himself and deep disgrace to her might not prompt.
Hamlet s Sanity In the second act of Hamlet , it is evedent that Hamlet is not the norm. By the influence of Protestantism, Hamlet develops his own philosophy critically. These choices often results in harming the majority of the population. This issue is confusing because Hamlet states that he will act insane to exact revenge upon Claudius after he has met his father's supposed ghost. Hamlet is in a situation where his sanity is turning into insanity. Finally the third reason is the treatment Hamlet gives towards Ophelia. This is random and unexpected, as many of his actions, but the comparison makes sense; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern soak up all the kings favors, only to become dry again after they mop up the King's mess spying on Hamlet, and getting Polonius's body.
Hamlet: No, you will reveal it. Hamlet is still struggling with the murder of his father who was killed by his uncle and now married to his mother. But he must play his role, not indifferently, but with such perfection of truthful reality as to deceive the whole court, and above all, if possible, his arch-enemy, the astute and cunning King. The source of some of these factors is the Ghost Hamlet encounters in the beginning of the play. Another striking indication is the Prince's treatment of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. For the moment, anger at the trick sought to be put upon him evokes nothing but contempt for his victim, though later on contrition succeeds to his passionate outburst.
In actuality, what bothers him is the death of his father, his mother's marriage, and the burden of having to avenge his father. When Hamlet is around Horatio, Bernardo, Francisco, The Players and the Gravediggers, he behaves rationally Bevington, p. If it be shown by judicial evidence, that before beginning to enact the role of madman, he had never throughout his life exhibited the least symptom of dementia, but, on the contrary, was known as a man of a sound and strong mind; if it be shown that before assuming the antics of a madman, he had actually summoned his trusted friends, informed them of his purpose, cautioned them against betrayal, and even sworn them to secrecy; if it be proved that on every occasion, when moving among his intimate friends, he is consistently sane, and feigns madness only in the presence of those who, he fears, will thwart his secret design; and if it be shown on reputable testimony that he entered upon his course of dementia to guard an incommunicable secret, and to shield himself in the pursuit of a specified end, difficult and dangerous of attainment; such a man on such evidence would in open court be declared beyond all doubt sane and sound of mind by the unanimous verdict of any specially impanelled jury. When Hamlet is around Polonius, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, he behaves irrationally. The criticism comes not only from the authors, but from other sources. But before stating reasons in support of this assumption, it will be convenient to consider the views of those who hold that Hamlet was more or less insane from the time at which the Ghost appeared to him. Nonetheless, Hamlet merely pretends to be insane so that he can calculate his moves according to the situation at hand.
One theme that often occurs in a Shakespearean play is appearance vs. To some people Hamlet just seems mad or angry, but others would argue that he is truly mad, as in insane. Certainly, Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point. To say that the Queen, and Polonius, and others thought him mad, is no proof of his real madness; but only that by his perfect impersonation he succeeded in creating this belief; and that such was his purpose is clear from the play. One of the earliest stages of defense is displacement, which means placing feelings on someone who the issue has nothing to do with. Here stands the man; good.
Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Now Hamlet realizes that he cannot trust anyone-- not even his best friends. Horatio as skeptic raises questions… 2156 Words 9 Pages Sanity, Insanity, Madness? ThatHamlet speaks to the ghost alone detracts somewhat from its credibility, but all the men are witness to the ghost demanding they speak alone. Hamlet was studying in the Wittenberg University that was located in France. Both, unlike Lear and Ophelia, enter upon their feigned madness for an expressed specific purpose, and both, far from revealing the real cause of their grief, are ever on the alert to conceal it; because its discovery would frustrate the object of their pursuit. Later, as Hamlet is speaking to Guildenstern, he makes the analogy. All these indications scattered through the drama are intermittent flashes, which, amid the darkness of doubt, illumine the objective truth of Hamlet's feigned madness.
The ghost does not state his intentions until after Hamlet begs for him to state his intentions. Also, Hamlet kills Polonius so violently that Hamlet guarantees that Polonius. With them it matters nothing that he should appear in his sound senses; they are not likely to have either the opportunity or the wish to betray him. Which quotes show true insanity and which show acting are up to the readers to figure out. By looking at the different events that Hamlet overcame, we can observe the passion for acting that many readers do not come across; knowing the importance of acting is imperative… 1648 Words 7 Pages Hamlet's Madness Is Hamlet Mad? He begins his plan and pretends to be insane to fool those around him, indicating the strong upward curve shown in the line that represents what others think about Hamlet Everyone seems to believe he's gone mad for his love for Ophelia, and he plays this off quite well. In general there two types of theories about him, one is that he suffers from some sort of malady, either insanity or neurosis.