Love And Madness Essay

870 words - 4 pages

In Hamlet both Hamlet and Ophelia are able to speak freely behind the mask of their madness. The reaction that Hamlet and Ophelia have regarding their fathers’ deaths is what drives them mad. Hamlet and Ophelia are also both children of controlling parents, and they are forced to do things they do not want to do. Their madness leads them both to their deaths. Although Hamlet and Ophelia are very different from one another, their madness serves a common purpose to mask and disguise their emotional agony but it ultimately leads to their tragic deaths.
The death of Hamlet’s and Ophelia’s fathers prompts their madness. The day Hamlet realizes that his father’s murderer is his stepfather and uncle overwhelms him. Therefore, he suggests to feign madness, “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet / To put an antic disposition on.” (I. V. 172-173) He pretends to be mad so that he can safely investigate his father’s murder without alarming others with his snooping. Ophelia’s madness begins when she realizes that her father is dead, “He is dead and gone, lady, / He is dead and gone, / At his head a grass-green turf, / At his heels a stone. / Oh, ho!” (IV. V. 26-30) She has a bad habit of constantly granting her father’s wishes without question, and heavily relies upon her father’s guidance. As a result, she loses her mind when he is gone. Hamlet’s and Ophelia’s loss of their fathers initiates their madness whether feigned or real.
Both Hamlet and Ophelia have parents who use controlling behaviours, which compel them to commit to acts they have no desire to do. Hamlet’s father, Elderly Hamlet, who is murdered by his brother Claudius, reappears in apparition, “But howsoever thou pursuest this act, / Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive / Against thy mother aught.” (I. V. 84-86) The ghost of elderly Hamlet reveals every detail about the punishment he suffers, which rouses Hamlet forward. Although Hamlet has the passion to avenge his father’s death, he is not ready, “Upon whose property and most dear life / A damned defeat was made. / Am I a coward?” (II. II. 525-530) Hamlet seems to be in a forced state due to the Ghost’s orders, which he relies upon his feigned madness for assistance. Additionally, Ophelia’s father, Polonius prevents Ophelia from seeing her lover Hamlet. Polonius manipulates her to try and solidify his and her position in the court, “’Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy star. / This must not be.’ / And then I prescripts gave her,...

Find Another Essay On love and madness

The Relationship Between Ophelia and Hamlet: William Shakespeare

1199 words - 5 pages madness, such as Ophelia and Claudius, but in different forms. Existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzche says, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also some reason in madness.” What Nietzche is saying is that when you are in love with someone or something, there is always a little bit of madness or crazy to it, but there is also some reason, some explanation, to madness. This essay will prove Nietzche’s statement by looking at

The Importance of Madness as a Theme in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

997 words - 4 pages mad love. Some examples of this are Orsino being madly in love with Olivia, Olivia being madly in love with Cesario/Viola and Viola falling madly in love with Orsino. This mad love makes Orsino mad from “a savage jealousy” when he realises Olivia’s love for Cesario/Viola. Another very important aspect of madness present in the play is confusion and chaos which lead to madness. A very good example of this is everyone

Madness in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

1779 words - 7 pages naive. Her desire for Hamlet is obvious through her reaction when he tells her " Get thee to a nunnery" (3.1.121). Hamlet continues to degrade Ophelia and she responds by saying " O, help him, you sweet heavens!" (3.1.129). This is an obvious example of her desire for acceptance as well as love from Hamlet. These constant verbal barrages from Hamlet eventually take their toll. Her behavior begins to vary between sanity and madness. The act

King Lear and Madness in the Renaissance

1628 words - 7 pages ' model in that it has humoreal origins and in its extreme manifestation the melancholy humour can cause "stormes of outrageous love, hatred, hope or feare, wherewith bodies so passionate are here and there, tossed with disquiet..." (Bright 38). But unnatural melancholy has no parallel in the medieval model. Natural melancholy can be recognized from the general symptoms of madness occurring in a stable person in a stress free environment. In this

Hamlet's True Intentions

1059 words - 4 pages "Hamlet's True Intent" For centuries many people have contemplated the masterpiece Hamlet. They have ravaged it for ideas and plundered it for its true meaning. Many have argued over its themes of madness, incest, isolation, revenge, and etc. Some scholars believe that Hamlet was truly mad; while others think he just feigns insanity. Hamlet isn't mad. His isolation from love, and his vivid pursuit of revenge might seem to have unhinged

Hamlet: "Madness, or Is it?"

914 words - 4 pages his rejected love for Ophelia, Claudius says ?Love? His affections do not that way tend;/ Nor what he spake, though it lacked form a little,/Was not like madness. There?s something in his soul/ O?er which his melancholy sits on brood;/ And I do doubt the hatch and the disclose? (3. 1. 172-176).? Claudius is so sure that Hamlet is plotting something terrible that he decides to have him shipped off to England to be killed. He believes that Hamlet

Deathly Deranged: Ophelia's Role

741 words - 3 pages Hamlet. It affects everyone, and Ophelia is no exception. Ophelia advances Hamlet’s own madness and is eventually devoured by a madness of her own. Many questions appear on the topic of Ophelia’s madness. Is her hysteria occasioned by her father’s death? Is her derangement caused by her rejected love for Hamlet? Or is her madness caused by both, in varying degrees? While John Draper argues that, “Ophelia’s madness comes about because that father

Ophelia's Neurotic Mind

888 words - 4 pages father, Hamlet's denied love for her, Polonius's orders for her not to make contact with Hamlet, the lectures given to her from Laertes and Polonius, Hamlet's indication that Ophelia was responsible for his madness, and his many insults (253). All these occurrences stimulated Ophelia's madness and caused her to take her own life.The first reason that may have provoked Ophelia's madness was through the conversations she had with her brother. In Act I

Hamlet, method to the madness

1589 words - 6 pages after learning of her father'sdeath is sing. Indeed, Hamlet's utter rejection of her combinedwith this is too much for her, and she doesn't sing a mourningsong at the beginning of IV.v, but rather a happy love song.Later, when she meets with Leartes, she says to him:There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray you, love,remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.Leartes: A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.Thought

Analysis of "Twelfth Night"

884 words - 4 pages favourite of the monarch, the powerful Queen Elizabeth I. Shakespeare wrote thirty-eight plays. "Twelfth Night" was written near the middle of Shakespeare' career, around 1601, and most critics consider it as one of his greatest comedies. "Twelfth Night" is about illusion, deception, disguises, madness and the consequences of love. In the final scene of the play, all the confusion and complexities that have occurred are resolved. This excerpt

Madness and Sanity in Hamlet

892 words - 4 pages Guildenstern to spy on him. Hamlet is too clever for this trap however. This is an indication that Hamlet is truly sane and knows what he is doing. He has carefully devised his plan and is cautious in his actions. He trusts very few with his secrets.Gertrude first denies Hamlet's madness. She then, like Polonius, feels that Hamlet's madness is caused by his love for Ophelia because they cannot be together. To find out if this is true, Polonius

Similar Essays

To What Extent Does 'a Midsummer Night's Dream' Present Love As A Kind Of Madness?

1149 words - 5 pages kind of madness. One idea in the play is that there is a difference between 'doting' and 'love' something like the distinction between lust and love. Shakespeare took this to a great extent even so few of the characters seem to display any kind of full or true love by modern standards. We define the word love as 'a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person that which steadily desires and works to attain the

Theme Of Madness Conveyed In Shakespeare's Hamlet

1217 words - 5 pages madly in love with Ophelia. Because of Claudius’ fear of what Hamlet could do he decides that “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go” (3.1. 182-183) and sends Hamlet to England. Hamlet admits to others that he is mad, which would seem like something that someone who was actually mad would be unlikely to do because they wouldn’t want to bring attention to it. Hamlet wants to bring attention to the idea that he is mad because he wants it to be

Conspire In The Madness Essay

834 words - 4 pages , even as a snitch. The sane character of Polonious' simple attitude would probably pass by without notice if it weren't for one of the play's main themes, madness. Now the mad characters acted in irrationally absurd ways. No one seemed to ever know the least bit of what their thoughts were. "There's rosemary, that's for rememberence; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts" By reading this line, it could seem like a

Madness In Macbeth Essay

2185 words - 9 pages Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores the motif of madness through the portrayal of Prince Hamlet and Ophelia; Shakespeare portrays the madness as originating from King Hamlet and Polonius, the two overbearing fathers within the story. The two fathers can be seen as the catalysts for their children’s madness, whether the madness be feigned or not. Ophelia and Hamlet have in them residing a love that they must hold at bay due to the requests by their