This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Genius Of Hamlet, The Very Sane Prince Of Denmark

2537 words - 10 pages

The Genius of Hamlet, the Very Sane Prince of Denmark

Hamlet in Shakepeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is often seen as a lunatic. Lucid and ingenious, Prince Hamlet falls into a state of emotional turmoil, but he is never insane. Hamlet feigns madness to reveal his anguish concerning the two women he used to love - his mother Gertrude and his lover Ophelia. To escape estrangement from his countrymen, Hamlet appears to waver between madness and sanity. And, to avoid moral estrangement, the Prince plans on revenging his father's death under the guise of madness. There is no question that Hamlet feigns insanity, and he does so to voice his emotions to the two closest women in his life, to influence the opinions of his peers, and to plan the revenge of his father's death.

With his famous line "frailty, thy name is woman" (I, ii. 146), Hamlet descends into an abyss of emotional turmoil. He loses faith in his mother Queen Gertrude and in his lover Ophelia. Feigning madness, Hamlet is able to make his innermost anguish known to these two important women in his life. Still grieving at his father's death, Hamlet is shocked when his mother Queen Gertrude marries Claudius two months after the King's death. At this point in the play, Hamlet does not feign madness but is genuinely and openly melancholy. As Hamlet explains to his mother, his "inky cloak" shows his grief, but the pain is much deeper. Grief is not a sign of madness. Gertrude feels that her son has greatly changed, for he no longer views her as his mother . Instead, he calls her his “good-mother” - his step mother. Gertrude marrying her husband's brother is incestuous, and this bestirs feelings of bitterness in Hamlet. However, since Gertrude is the Queen and she is his mother, Hamlet cannot denounce her "pernicious" behaviour without hiding behind the mask of madness. While he muses to himself about Gertrude's conduct, Hamlet hears Horatio, Marcellus, and Barnardo arrive. Hamlet quickly says, "But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue" (I, ii. 159). He realizes that it is best for him to keep his thoughts and plans to himself, because to do otherwise is to breach the rules of hierarchy. Soon, Hamlet does appear "mad" in his appearance by looking unkempt, and Queen Gertrude attributes this to her husband's death and to her "o'er-hasty marriage" to Claudius (II, ii. 56-57). Thus, when Hamlet rebukes her in public and in private, Queen Gertrude does not become angry. Instead, she feels sorry for him and feels somewhat guilty about her remarriage. When Hamlet suggests for her to take a look in the mirror, Gertrude admits that Hamlet has "turn'st [her] eyes into [her] very soul" (III, iv. 79). Had she thought that Hamlet was sane, Gertrude might not have been as tender towards her son as she was. Hamlet at this point is sane but also very bitter. He says, "I will speak daggers to her, but use none" (III, ii. 366). A madman would have used a real...

Find Another Essay On The Genius of Hamlet, the Very Sane Prince of Denmark

Revenge VS (Im)Morality in William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"

1896 words - 8 pages New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove.” YouTube, 13 November, 2013. Web. 27 Feb 2014. Polka, Brayton. “Hamlet: The Truth as Providence.” Shakespeare and Interpretation, or What you Will. Newark: U of Delaware P. Newark, 2012. 421-504. iBook. Prud’hon, Pierre-Paul. Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime. 1808. Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Shakespeare, William. "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." The Norton Shakespeare Based on the Oxford Edition. 2nd ed. Eds. Greenblatt, Stephen, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katherine Eisaman Maus. New York: W.W Norton & Company Inc, 2008. 1696-1784. Print.

Psychological Roles in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

1709 words - 7 pages The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a play written by the well-known William Shakespeare. The play contains many themes that greatly help to determine the aspects of a character; such as how they act, talk, and they ways they feel. One of the main themes that occurred continuously in this play and one of which readers can distinctly witness are the psychological roles that shape the characters. A psychological aspect that is portrayed in

A Character Comparison of Ophelia in Hamlet, Gerturde, and The Prince of Denmark

1869 words - 8 pages essay will analyse how the figure of Ophelia evolves in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius and in Graham Holderness’s The Prince of Denmark. In particular, it will examine how these texts convey some of the main differences regarding her character, always connected to a deep symbolism: her physical description, her personality and her madness and death. First of all, in these three masterpieces, Ophelia's physical

"There is something rotten in the state of Denmark" To what extent is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, responsible for restoring order in Denmark?

2131 words - 9 pages order in Denmark. Discovering the truth of his Father's murder, he commands Horatio and Marcellus to never speak of the sighting, to say nothing about the ghost, and understand that he will:"…to put an antic disposition on…That you know aught of me - this do swear" (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 177 - 185)The trust between Horatio and Hamlet is constant throughout. When alone together, Horatio is the only character to whom Hamlet is his true

Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles

2012 words - 8 pages Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright, if not the greatest writer in the history of literature. His criticisms of society in his works have passed the “test of time,” and still are as significant today as they were when they were first written. There are many similarities in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and Trifles by Susan Glaspell

Aspects of Life in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles

2400 words - 10 pages Aspects of Life in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the protagonist, Hamlet, has arrived “from his university studies to find Claudius, his uncle, ruling Denmark and married to his mother, Gertrude. Her remarriage within two months of his father’s death has left Hamlet disillusioned, confused, and suspicious about Claudius” (DiYanni 1394). These types of crimes do not only

Character analysis of Hamlet as a tragic hero in Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark"

740 words - 3 pages Hamlet is not the usual tragic hero that Shakespeare liked to use in his works. In "The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark" he does not die an evil man, but is complemented by Horatio and Fortinbras. There are many different thoughts on what Hamlet's tragic flaw is; jealousy, inaction, and insanity are all accepted as possibilities. Jealously and inaction are very plausible, but Hamlet was not insane.Hamlet is in love with his mother Gertrude

Shakespeare's Hamlet, indeed a very sane man

888 words - 4 pages Hamlet was indeed a very sane man. He was only feigning madness to further his own plans for revenge. His words were so cleverly constructed that others will perceive him as mad. It is this consistent cleverness that is the ultimate evidence of his complete sanity. Can a mad person be so clever? No, a mad person cannot. Hamlet is sane and brilliant.After Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus see the ghost, Hamlet tells Horatio that he is going to

The moral state of Denmark in Hamlet

654 words - 3 pages Polonius, found out about his father's death and wanted to kill Claudius. Claudius, being the sly killer that he as, fooled Laertes and used him as a weapon to kill Hamlet. (One does not need to be a genius to see very disastrous pattern here.) Hamlet ended killing Laertes and King Claudius. Thinks about that. The protagonist in this story killed five people! He was supposed to be the hero!As seen, murderous and vengeful attitudes as well as lies plagued this story proving Marcellus's words. There truly was "something rotten in the state of Denmark."

The Sane Hamlet

1231 words - 5 pages The Sane Hamlet    Hamlet contains the classic argument between whether or not Hamlet is mad, or a sane man under difficult circumstances. Hamlet assumes antic-disposition at times to uncover the truth of his father's death.  From my perspective I believe that Hamlet's actions and thoughts are a logical response to the situation in which he finds himself.          In the first act, Hamlet appears to be very straightforward in his

The Life and Death of Prince Hamlet

1233 words - 5 pages The Life and Death of Prince Hamlet Plagued by the philosophical aspects of life and death, Prince Hamlet repeatedly failed to act upon avenging his father's wrongful murder. Though he knew what he must do, Hamlet's inaction is caused by his constantly changing persona and theories on the inevitability of death and the afterlife. Hamlet's attitude towards death changes from fearing death and the afterlife to accepting it as inevitable

Similar Essays

Hamlet Prince Of Denmark Essay

2220 words - 9 pages . The goals of a Marxist literary critic include assessing the social tendencies of the literary work, and comparing them to the social tendencies of today, and the specific time period in which it was written. The analyst must also recognize to what social class the author belongs and how that might affect the portrayals of certain characters. When analyzing Shakespeare’s most notable play Hamlet Prince of Denmark, the reader will being to

The Language Of The Flowers And Hamlet: Prince Of Denmark

944 words - 4 pages occurring without really stating “this is what is going on.” These bouquets have a variety of ways of being translated. This may be the only translation that we have of these flowers, but they can be read in different ways. I have included all to show the possible entire meaning of these small passages from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. It is up to the reader to interpret the flowers as they will and perhaps one day there will be a true translation

The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark By William Shakespeare

1200 words - 5 pages The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Shakespeare Character development is essential to any literary endeavor. The character of Hamlet is quite dynamic—morphing from a composed but emotionally driven young man to an unstable wreck, completely possessed by the same emotions that drove him to such lengths at the outset. The main protagonist, Hamlet, undergoes a sequence of incidents that radically alter his character. When the audience

Betrayal In Hamlet Prince Of Denmark

877 words - 4 pages do not mourn for the appropriate amount of time. To the public they seem very rapturous and in control but in reality, they are both dealing with the guilt of their immoral actions as well as how their actions have affected Hamlet, who appears to have gone mad following the death of his father. Why would Gertrude go to severe lengths to make Hamlet get over the loss of his father? And to make matters worse Gertrude allows Claudius to insult