What Made Hamlet So Crazy? Essay

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Your honor, today we have an “insane” individual who is now put on trial due to the fact that he deliberately committed a crime by murdering Polonius. As the prosecuting attorney, I believe that the term “insane” is used loosely when referring to the mentality of the great Hamlet. The reasons behind the murder of Polonius are ambiguous and there is no real understanding of why the murder was committed. It was either an accident or probably done with full intention. However, let’s take a few steps back and understand the logic behind Hamlet’s devious presence.
Hamlet had experienced numerous occasions where he was betrayed and felt that the whole world around him was a prison. His admiration for his father, King Hamlet I, was shown by his grievance when his father passed away. His conversation with his mother, Queen Gertrude, portrays his grief towards his late father. “Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not seems. 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, nor customary suits of solemn black, nor windy suspiration of forced breath, no, nor the fruitful river in the eye, nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly. These indeed “seem,” for they are actions that a man might play. But I have that within which passeth show, These but the trappings and the suits of woe.” King Hamlet I was a superior king. He had passionate love for his queen. But, after his death, Queen Gertrude married Hamlet’s uncle, who is now King Claudius. Hamlet is now grieving even more and he is mentally unstable. He is suppressed by the actions of his mother and uncle. He does not have the ability to speak on this matter because he is in a state of betrayal and deceived by his own. He believes that his life is pointless and has no meaning. “O God, God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”
Death is natural and every individual comes across of point in his life in which he encounters it, in other words, people are born to die. However, the way King Hamlet I died was the ideal cause that sparked Hamlet’s act of insanity. When Hamlet is confronted by the ghost of King Hamlet I, the ghost states the initial reasons of the way he was killed. “So art thou to revenge when thou shalt hear.” “Murder most foul, as in the best it is. But this most foul, strange and unnatural.” “But know, thou noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown.” Claudius killed King Hamlet I by pouring poison in his ears when he was sleeping in the orchard. Then he gave the queen beautiful gifts, while seducing her and intending to make her fall in love with him. This incestuous behavior invigorated Hamlet and drove him in a state of ferocity. Now that he knows the real story behind his father’s death, this is a confirmation for Hamlet to take necessary actions and attempt to take revenge at any point in time. Your honor, given these events, it can be...

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