Complacence As A Facet Of Insanity In Hamlet

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To the ignorant and self-oblivious person, the true individuality of a man’s self is presumed through his ability to possess an apt and socially preferable state of mind. Quite ironic in fact—and if I’m not mistaken—the widespread consensus regarding human identity, is that it is at its most ripe, and fertile upon one’s inevitable decision to conform to the mass. Such logic is somewhat of a paradox-in-itself and if we deconstruct the meaning of the terms ‘conform’ and ‘individuality’ their contrast is vast, and their apparent use is irrational, therefore all aspects of the human mind remain complacent, and mundane to a certain degree that it erases any former beliefs of a unique human being. Rather, human personality is an amalgamation of similar ideas—eclectic-in-nature, but fabricated and similar, nonetheless. As a result, our assorted consciousness is brittle and subject to decomposition, and it is only upon the complete deterioration of cede ideas, that the mind simply regresses beyond self-control and any aspect of individuality repressed by one’s self begins to manifest itself in their actions. This elementary state of mind—insanity, otherwise—commonly viewed as a testament to one’s instability, is essentially representative of the epitome of one’s individuality. It is through insanity—or a ‘regression’ of the conscious state of mind, to put it easily, that any morsel of one’s true identity reveals itself. Effectively, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a character of vast intellect appears to contradict the commonplace mould of human personality, whereas in typical occurrences lunacy occurs as a direct result of conscious deterioration, it is the progression of Hamlet’s mind which amplifies his already present insanity. Though, the essence, of his state of mind remains slightly unclear. Hamlet is unable to come to terms with the lack of individuality he sees amongst himself and his kin, and for Hamlet whom is able to reach many conclusions with his mind, is severely distraught by such cynical ideology. As such, it is the immature compulsions of his companions and his family that can be to blame for his elaborate and unnecessary state of mind, and thus, the essence of Hamlet’s insanity, lies in his desire to progress beyond his perception of the complacency of human imperfection.

Characters may possess both the ability to intrigue whilst maintaining a commonplace and dry persona, essentially, Hamlet attains the ability to break from his compulsion to abject based on the inept character(s) of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In retrospect, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the same person as they are sparsely differentiated and never are they seen apart from one another—thus the question remains as to why Shakespeare created such characters based on the same superficial mould. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern prove to be a clever satire of the capacity for human conformity, and of course the entirety of their characters is summed upon their...

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