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The Topic of Insanity in Hamlet

  • Date Submitted: 06/09/2010 07:28 AM
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The topic of insanity in hamlet has been argued over for quite some time, to decide whether hamlet is mad or simply a sane man who believes in revenge. Analyzing hamlets behavior one can learn and decide for himself whether this man holds a true melancholy or just seeks revenge in the disgust of his uncles’ actions. Readers can discover in the play that Hamlet is infatuated with death, even contemplating his own death with many thoughts of suicide. The great quote known from Hamlet “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?”(Act lll, scene l) said by Hamlet himself, is meaning to live or not to live.   On deciding if Hamlet is mad or just a sane man pretending to be mad can be confusing. One can have difficulties determining such a thing for the reason that it is normal for any human to become depressed after a death and think of suicide, it too is normal to want revenge on a person who has murdered your loved one. Hamlets pessimistic outlook on himself and life after his father’s death explains some type of depression, which he discusses with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern “I have of late,—but wherefore I know not,—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory” (Act ll, scene ll). The discontented behavior in Hamlet is proof of a mad man. Hamlets is nonetheless uncertain in the beginning if his uncle is his father’s true killer, his scheme to create a play showing how he believed his uncle murdered his father in order to figure out whether his uncle was indeed the killer, can furthermore be looked at as madness.   However, Hamlets madness can too be debatable when it comes to oedipal complex, Could he be jealous of his uncle and mothers marriage now that his father is dead? If so, his...


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