Preview
Click here for more Hamlet Essays
Preview

Shakespeare's Hamlet: Hamlet is Perfectly Sane Essay

:: 5 Works Cited
Length: 1945 words (5.6 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Blue      
Open Document
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Hamlet is Perfectly Sane

 
     "I will be brief.  Your noble son is mad," states Polonius (II, ii, 91) .  Ophelia exclaims, "O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!" (III, i, 153).  "Alas, he's mad," concludes Gertrude (III, iv, 106). Claudius even instructs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to escort Hamlet to England because "it [is not] safe with us/To let his madness range" (III, iii, 1-2).  Essentially, each supporting character questions Hamlet's sanity, and most conclude he is indeed mad.

General consensus can justify almost all actions in most societies. As for sanity, if authorities believe you are insane then you "are" insane; your personal commentary is often not heeded and is dismissed. Hamlet's environment proves no different.  The possibility that Hamlet feigns madness for purpose never enters most characters' minds, and to Claudius (the King and figurehead against Hamlet), purpose is irrelevant.  Hamlet poses a viable threat to Claudius' throne whether sane or insane, and Hamlet's supposed insanity provides justification for detrimental action.  As long as evidence supports Hamlet's psychosis then Claudius can rid himself of Hamlet and rule Denmark as he pleases.  Hamlet's actions and speech on numerous occasions can surely support pleas of his insanity.

Although Marcellus, Bernardo, and Horatio all witness King Hamlet's ghost, only Hamlet hears it speak.  After this speech, Hamlet enrages, yelling vehement epithets about Claudius and Gertrude, pledging to avenge his father.  However, later in the play Hamlet questions the validity of the apparition after assuming its sincerity initially.  In the scene following the ghost's entrance, Hamlet's speech towards Horatio and guards is evasive as his mood swings ...


... middle of paper ...


...es the superiority and intelligence of Hamlet.  Surfacely, Hamlet's supposed insanity paves the way for the plot of the tragedy. The madness also proves as a medium for comparison for other events, themes, and images in the play such as Ophelia's insanity and Laertes' real avenger role.  Introspectively, Hamlet's supposed derangement allows him to question himself and supplies us with a more rounded picture of Hamlet's true character.  In essence, only Shakespeare's ingenuity could weave so many psychotic acts and such elusive speech into a planned culmination.

Works Cited

Berman, Allison. "We Only Find Ourselves." Hamlet reaction papers. Wynnewood: FCS, 2000.

Lugo, Michael. "Thus Conscience Does Make Cowards of Us All." Hamlet reaction papers. Wynnewood: FCS, 2000.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1600? Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York: Signet Classic, 1998


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper








This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay -        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 arguable question.  The issue can be discussed both ways, with significant support to either theory....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
:: 4 Works Cited
1379 words
(3.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
When Insanity is Sane: Hamlet's Duty and Clever Path Taken to Honor His Father and Denmark - When Insanity is Sane: Hamlet's Duty and Clever Path Taken to Honor His Father and Denmark Traumatic experiences can cause for a negative impact on one’s emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. Sometimes, individuals internalize this trauma and harbor feelings of distress which creates deep-rooted issues that need to be addressed. In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, readers are heart broken and intrigued by the events following a great king’s death. The main character and protagonist, Hamlet, is dealing with the his father’s death as he returns home from studying at a university to not only find that his father has been murdered, but his mother remarried to his uncle....   [tags: trauma, shakespeare, death]
:: 1 Works Cited
1713 words
(4.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Hamlet's Sanity Essay - Hamlet's Sanity Throughout Shakespeare?s play, Hamlet, the main character, young Hamlet, is faced with the responsibility of attaining vengeance for his father?s murder. He decides to feign madness as part of his plan to gain the opportunity to kill Claudius. As the play progresses, his depiction of a madman becomes increasingly believable, and the characters around him react accordingly. However, through his inner thoughts and the apparent reasons for his actions, it is clear that he is not really mad and is simply an actor simulating insanity in order to fulfill his duty to his father....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 1524 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Hamlet: In His Right Mind's Eye Essay - Hamlet: In His Right Mind's Eye Crazy, or not crazy- That is the question. The matter of Hamlet's so called madness, has been an item of debate since the first performance, and will probably be a continuing argument well into the future. I believe Hamlet was not crazy, because he proves to be in complete control of his psyche in several parts of the play. These three reasons are the main points of argument for Hamlet's sanity. His behaviors is only erratic in front of certain people, he shows logic and reasoning in his plotting, and finally, actually admits to several people to be only “acting” mad....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 749 words
(2.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Hamlet- Truly Mad, for Freigned Madness? Essay - Hamlet Essay- Truly Mad, for Feigned Madness . Throughout Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character, Hamlet, must seek revenge for the murder of his father. Hamlet decides to portray an act of insanity, as part of his plan to murder Claudius. Throughout the play, Hamlet becomes more and more believable in his act, even convincing his mother that he is crazy. However, through his thoughts, and actions, the reader can see that he is in fact putting up an act, he is simply simulating insanity to help fulfil his fathers duty of revenge....   [tags: William Shakespeare, revenge, betrayal] 1234 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Sanity in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay - Sanity in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is a play about a man who has had a father killed by his uncle, after this act of treachery the uncle then marries Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet is sane in this play because prior to going “insane” he informs us he is going to. If Hamlet were truly insane he would not be able to tell others that he is going to act insane as of a certain point in time. Hamlet would try to deny insanity, not pride himself in the fact that he is insane. Hamlet uses insanity as a way to express himself, almost as if he thought people would think it was normal for him to these things because he was insane....   [tags: Papers] 1035 words
(3 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Shakespeare's Hamlet is both Madman and Genious Essay - Madman or Genius. Scholars have been disputing the sanity of Hamlet, for over four hundred years, in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Is he an insane madman or a vengeful, devious, genius. There are many contradictory ideas and theories on Hamlet’s so called psychosis, his procrastination in avenging his father’s death, and his actions towards his mother. In the first act Hamlet seems to be in a perfectly sane state of mind. It is the second scene where the reader begins to see a change in Hamlet’s character....   [tags: essays research papers] 1089 words
(3.1 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Hamlet's Madness in William Shakespeare's Play Essay - Hamlet's Madness in William Shakespeare's Play The Elizabethan play Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most popular works written around the turn of the seventeenth century. Hamlet is generally considered the foremost tragedy in English drama. One of the possible reasons for this play's popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind exploring ideas of insanity and madness. The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated countless different interpretations of meaning, but it is through Hamlet's struggle to confront his internal dilemma, deciding when to revenge his father's death, that the rea...   [tags: Papers] 1141 words
(3.3 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Hamlet Essay - During Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet has to deal with the responsibility of revenging his father’s murder. He learns of his tragic death when the ghost of King Hamlet comes to him and tells him the truth of his murder: he was killed by his brother Claudius, for his crown and his wife. Hamlet decides that the best plan of action is to fake madness to attain his father’s vengeance by murdering Claudius. As the play develops, Hamlets act of being a madman becomes more and more believable, and his friends and family react as you’d expect someone who is discovering that their loved one is slowly turning insane would....   [tags: essays research papers] 1997 words
(5.7 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on Hamlet - Hamlet and his Games In the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, Prince Hamlet uses many double meaning phrases to speak his mind to the audience and the other characters in the play. "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw" (II.ii.387-8). This is a classic example of the "wild and whirling words" with which Hamlet hopes to persuade people to believe that he is mad. These words, however, prove that beneath his "antic disposition," Hamlet is very sane indeed....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
:: 1 Works Cited
1547 words
(4.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]