Madness Of Multiple Characters In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In the play Hamlet, the author, Shakespeare portrays madness or insanity through most of its characters. What is madness, it is a state of mind in which doesn’t let ones ideas flow normally or think with a clear mind. In this case it is evident that there is something wrong with almost all the main characters. All the characters in the play in some form or fashion display madness either through thoughts, actions or words.

Due to Hamlets father recent death, Hamlet is looking for a way out of problems. While speaking to his new step father/ old uncle he makes this statement:
“O, that this too, sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,
Or that the everlasting had not fixed
His canon ’gainst self slaughter! O God, God,
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!” (1.2.32-36)
Due to all the confusion and sadness Hamlet falls under a depression and has deadly thoughts. Prior to the quote Claudius and Gertrude got married, Claudius Hamlet’s new stepfather was making fun oh him for still mourning over his father’s death. Afterward Horatio enters and begins to talk with Hamlet. Hamlet is so distraught that once he hears about the apparition from Horatio he says this: “I will watch tonight. Perchance “twill walk again” (1.2.258-259) Hamlet just needs some closure and is willing to do ANYTHING to see his father again.
However, Hamlet shows a strong hatred for Polonius and his daughter Ophelia by saying this: “Let her not walk i’th sun conception is a blessing, but, as your daughter may conceive, friend, look to ‘t”. (2.2.197-199)Before Polonius and Hamlet spoke the king queen and Polonius were talking about Hamlet and Ophelia one day getting married. Then Hamlet ends up offending Polonius and Ophelia. Afterwards Polonius leaves and Hamlet and his supposed friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about the end of the world since people were becoming honest yet they really weren’t. All this nonsense just proves that the characters are all mad or insane.
Hamlet is so focused on his revenge that he doesn’t care what happens in his own life he is going to crazy, all he wants to do is create justice and have his revenge. At this point he doesn’t care if he has to break up with Ophelia. “You should not have believed me, for virtue can not so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not.” (3.1.124-126) Hamlet is speaking with Ophelia and openly tells her that he doesn’t care about her any more even though it is later revealed that he truly loves her.
Hamlet states to Ophelia after he broke up with her that she should:
“Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of
sinners? I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could
accuse me of such things that it were...

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