Madness of Multiple Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet

960 words - 4 pages ✓ Expert Reviewed
VIEW DOCUMENT
Preview

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...

Find Another Essay On Madness of Multiple Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet - Madness In Hamlet

801 words - 3 pages , 'Before you tumbled me,                             You promised me to wed.' ( IV; v; 60-64) It is after the death of Ophelia that Hamlet realizes his true feelings for her.  This is another contributing factor that leads to Hamlet's own downfall.     This tragic error in judgement leads Hamlet to destroy his relationship with his mother, Gertrude. By faking this madness he makes himself a less believable character. When he attacks his...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

2051 words - 8 pages revenge!”   In the meantime, Ophelia loses her sanity because of the rejection by Hamlet and the death of her father. Hamlet is kidnapped by pirates from his ship en route to England. Laertes returns from France; he and Claudius “concoct their dastardly plans for the certain death of Hamlet” (Burton) in retaliation for Polonius’ death and Ophelia’s madness. Hamlet’s demise appears imminent as the court at Elsinore await his return...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

1395 words - 6 pages        In Shakespeare's Hamlet, there are two characters that display qualities of insanity.  They are Hamlet and Ophelia.  Although they both appear to be mad at times, their downfall (or supposed downfall) is quite different.  Ophelia's crazed characteristics show up and intensify quite rapidly, until she is ultimately led to suicide.  Her madness seems definite, and it is never questioned.  The insanity or sanity of the main character is an...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

1537 words - 6 pages determining the time of crossing over is further complicated by the fact that everyone around him is constantly speaking of madness. At the end we must either conclude that Hamlet is an extremely talented actor capable of staying in character under the most trying circumstances, or that he is human and as a result his sanity gives way to the many external emotional barrages coming his way. The more likely conclusion is that Hamlet is at some point...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet - 3220 words

3220 words - 13 pages Hamlet and Insanity       William Shakespeare’s creation of the character of Hamlet within the tragedy of that name left open the question of whether the madness of the protagonist is entirely feigned or not. This essay will treat this aspect of the drama.   George Lyman Kittredge in the Introduction to The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, explains the lack of success with Hamlet’s pretended insanity, and in so doing he...

Hamlet's Madness In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

1373 words - 5 pages Hamlet's Madness in William Shakespeare's Hamlet At any given moment during the play, the most accurate assessment of Hamlet's state of mind probably lies somewhere between sanity and insanity. Hamlet certainly displays a high degree of mania and instability throughout much of the play, but his "madness" is perhaps too purposeful and pointed for us to conclude that he actually loses his mind. His language is erratic and...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet - Insanity Within Hamlet

1956 words - 8 pages Insanity within Hamlet         Let us explore in this essay the real or feigned madness of the hero in William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet.   Critical opinion is divided on this question. A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy staunchly adheres to the belief that Hamlet would cease to be a tragic character if he were really mad at any time in the play (30). On the other hand, W. Thomas MacCary in Hamlet: A Guide to the...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet Is Sane

1393 words - 6 pages Hamlet is Not Insane           What occurs in another person's mind is almost impossible to know and comprehend. We use our own understanding of the world that surrounds us to find answers concerning the minds of people around us. As I read Hamlet by William Shakespeare, I was forced to use my understanding to determine whether or not Prince Hamlet was drowning in the sea of madness or just waddling in the pool of acting. To answer my own...

Madness And Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet And Insanity

1967 words - 8 pages )   Critical opinion is divided on this question. A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy staunchly adheres to the belief that Hamlet would cease to be a tragic character if he were really mad at any time in the play (30). On the other hand, W. Thomas MacCary in Hamlet: A Guide to the Play maintains that the prince not only feigns insanity but also shows signs of true insanity:   Hamlet feigns madness but also shows signs of true...

Describe The Way Tom Stoppard Appropriates Themes, Characters And A Few Ideas From Shakespeare's Hamlet In His Modern Play, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.

646 words - 3 pages idolised by our society into a joke. The major characters in Hamlet are the royal family of Denmark. This is considered to be the highest social position in society, yet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead these important people are reduced into absurd characters who make unexpected entrances and exits and, on the whole, don't make much sense whatsoever. The audience are unable to relate to them at all...

Use Of Insanity And Madness In Hamlet

1160 words - 5 pages the murder, Hamlet continues to behave in a strange way. When he mistakenly murders Polonius he does not react as a sane person would. This act enrages Laertes, who then wants to avenge his father’s death. Driven to madness by the murder of his father, Laertes, with the help of Claudius conspires to kill Hamlet. His insane actions upset other characters and set the up for other mad actions. Ophelia’s madness is caused by the actions of...

Other Madness of Multiple Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet Essays

Two Types Of Madness In Shakespeare's Hamlet

1873 words - 7 pages       In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the principal character, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, uses a charade of madness in order to further his plot of revenge. However, his mind is not able to justify murder for any reason; therefore, he truly goes insane before he is able to fulfill his scheme. In contrast, Ophelia is openly mad and is used by Shakespeare to show the various forms of insanity. According to Carney Landis and James D. Page...

Theme Of Madness Conveyed In Shakespeare's Hamlet

1217 words - 5 pages In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, one of the most evident and important themes is the theme of madness. The theme is apparent throughout the play, mainly through the actions and thoughts of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Laertes. Madness is defined as the quality or condition of mental illness or derangement (being insane). Madness is at the center of the conflicts and problems of the play and is conveyed through Shakespeare’s elaborate use of manipulation...

Shakespeare's Hamlet - Observations Of Madness

2916 words - 12 pages Hamlet: Observations of Madness One of the most analyzed plays in existence is the tragedy Hamlet, with its recurring question: "Is Hamlet’s 'antic disposition' feigned or real?" In truth, this question can only be answered by observing the thoughts of the main characters in relation to the cause of Hamlet real or feigned madness. In the tragedy Hamlet, each of the main characters explains Hamlets madness in their own...

Characters In Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay

1975 words - 8 pages Shakespeare has always had the gift of creating characters each with their own unique facets that, in combination, make for a play full of multi-dimensional characters. In the case of Shakespeare’s perhaps most famous play Hamlet, a more prominent role is held by the defining traits of each of the more important characters. When looked at from a more in-depth perspective one would find that many of these traits are revealed through an inference...