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Hamlet Madness Essay

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Is Hamlet insane or is he not? There is no right answer to that question because some argue that he is and others argue that he is not. I however do not consider Hamlet insane. I believe that he is depressed because of the death of his father and the hasty marriage of his mother to his uncle not too long after his father’s death. Hamlet does not understand why his mother is still not grieving the death of his father like he is. I feel that he is upset with his mother because he see her new marriage to his uncle as her being unfaithful to the marriage that she had with his father. Hamlet expresses his disappointment of his mother for disregarding the death of husband. When he expressed his ...view middle of the document...

Bennett suggests in his article, Hamlet and the Burden of Knowledge, “Self-contempt, built jointly upon awareness of personal sin and sense of human depravity… provokes Hamlet’s warning to Ophelia not to seek his company” (85). Polonius believes since his daughter rejected Hamlet's love has made Hamlet go insane. The reason Hamlet is being odd when he talks to Polonius is, because he does that Polonius is a rat that tell the king everything he does.
Hamlet seems to be acting saner when he asks the actors to perform a play called the Mouse Trap. The play is to remind you of the murder of King Hamlet. Hamlet thinks that if the ghost has told the truth, then Claudius will react to the scene and confess to the murder. Javel concludes, “Hamlet’s intention is less to kill Claudius than to make him admit his guilt” (331). In my opinion, I think that Hamlet has to have a clear head to be able to plot and think that far ahead. However, when Hamlet sees that Ophelia is at the play as while, he is hurt that she is rejecting him so he tries to hurt her back by talking bad to her. "That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs." (3.2.100)
Another reason why I feel that he is just depressed is because he has a great interest with death and considers the thought of suicide by his own dialog:
"To be or not to be; that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep, Nor more, and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, 'tis consummation devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep…" (3.1.63-71).

It appear that Hamlet was mad when he was confronting his mother in her room and killed Polonius. When his mother asked what he had done, Hamlet says "Nay, I know not: Is it the...

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