Madness; Real Or Fake? Essay

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“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness,” a quote said by the famous philosopher Aristotle. There have been times in history where madness has been faked, and many times the mad person was caught, but, it is also not impossible to fake madness. This is shown in the tragic history of Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, where the title character’s madness is definitely faked. Hamlet is a genius who uses madness to develop his idea of revenge. Hamlet has admitted to faking it, not once, but twice. He also has control over his madness, being able to switch from sane to insane in different situations. Lastly, acting impulsively could be a symptom of madness; yet, Hamlet thinks ...view middle of the document...

To Hamlet, madness is a joke that he thinks could solve all his problems and get him out of any trouble, even perhaps murder.
Like a remote control, where you can hit the pause or play button, having control over your life is the same thing. Being able to control your life means you are conscious and therefore are not mad. Just like that, Hamlet could control his madness. Depending on the needs of the situation, Hamlet can merely stop and act well-balanced or, vice versa, act senseless. Hamlet stops his insanity in order to try and warn his mother about how dangerous Claudius is: “Not this, by no means, that I bid you do. Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed“ (3.4.185-186). Although Gertrude hurt Hamlet a lot by marrying his uncle, he still cared enough about her to want to protect her from his uncle, the murderer of his father, because after all she was still his mom and the only parent he still had. Therefore, he would do anything to keep his uncle away from her. Hamlet felt it was safe to stop his foolishness and help his mother. One could wonder how it is possible that if Hamlet has control over his mental illness, how he could still manage to accidentally kill Polonius. It must have been all the rage in him from his father’s death. Hamlet likely thought the hidden person was Claudius and took it as the perfect opportunity to redeem revenge. Only the conscious minds of all could hit the pause buttons on their life and know how to live.
Being mad could cause a person to do things unconsciously, things they may later regret. Throughout the book, Hamlet always thinks before he takes action. If he went along with all his instincts, he would have killed Claudius right away to take revenge, but he thought his plan through: “And now I’ll do ’t. And so he goes to heaven. And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned. A villain kills my father,...

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