It is one of the several defense mechanisms that have been used in weighty cases all over the world. Then to see Hamlet's Madness Is Hamlet Mad? No, in-fact Hamlet was the opposite of what he was before. He had the ability to choose between the right times to commit an act. Furthermore, it is important to keep track of which characters believe other characters are mentally ill. When the play brings him concrete proof, he careful not to take his revenge at the wrong moment. It is certainly understandable for someone who has just lost their father, and gained a stepfather to suddenly go mad.
Hamlet was a very intelligent person, he knew literature, art, he wrote poems, and he knew the rules of the stage actions. Is sanity not defined as being rational, and finding convincing justifications for what you have done, are doing, or will do? The outside world's perception of him as being mad is of his own design. As in Hamlet, the contrived madness is more spectacular than the true madness. By making Hamlet an over-contemplating protagonist Shakespeare is successfully able to explore the thought process of someone out to get revenge. Throughout the play there are six soliloquies that reveal the character of Hamlet and others.
In this paper I will focus on two important writings which deal directly with the mental illnesses. He thought he would kill him in sin. When Hamlet literally screams at his mother until she admits to her incestuous marriage being a sin, he shows the first hint that he has lost his mind to the point that he does not know exactly what he is doing. It is not a typical story in the modern world today. I have heard of your paintings well enough God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, you nick-name God's creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance. It is here that Shakespeare begins to set up for the dramatic denouement where all the main characters die. Clearly Hamlet is not feeling cheerful at this moment, but if he lets the guards know the severity of the news, they might suspect its nature.
Madness occurs in a character when he or she breaks the social norms, and acts oddly or rashly when spoken to or asked to carry out a task. There are many situations throughout the play that are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity. William Shakespeare one of the greatest writer and dramatist of all times in English Language wrote the Hamlet around 1599-1601. After his first meeting with the ghost, Hamlet greets his friends cheerfully and acts as if the news is good rather than the devastation it really is. The important fact is that the ghost does not change form, but rather remains as the King and speaks to Hamlet rationally. Horatio offers an insightful warning: What if it tempts you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, And draw you into madness? While Hamlet believes he is perfectly fine and in a rational state of mind, the play and the way the characters and his audience view him is that he is insane.
It presents a case of insanity, but it becomes a little more specific as symptoms begin come across more clearly. In terms of Hamlets madness it verys from true madness and a cover for his plans to seek revenge. At the beginning of this play, Shakespeare tells us that Hamlet is a brilliant college student, the prince of Denmark, and the most intelligent person in the play. Once they hit puberty, the boy will learn to change the way he loves his mother to be less romantic, and not be as concerned with the competition with his father. He shows this in his actions when he is fighting Laertes. There are indications, though, that persuade me to think other wise. One would believe Hamlet to be completely insane with everything that had transpired against him.
In order to determine a person's sanity, the examiner must consider many different aspects of the patient's mind and personality. It is wrongly presumed that if a defendant has a mental illness that they can use the Insanity Defense. This is random and unexpected, as many of his actions, but the comparison makes sense; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern soak up all the kings favors, only to become dry again after they mop up the King's mess spying on Hamlet, and getting Polonius's body. The important fact is that the ghost does not change form, but rather remains as the King and speaks to Hamlet rationally. Dead for a ducat, dead! Hamlet is the main character who contemplates the thought of suicide many different times throughout the play, since the murder of his father. Any sane man would join forces with his enemies to fight an outside force, and then fight amongst themselves once the outside force is defeated.
If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes, mark you that. It was only an act for him to succeed in murdering Claudius. The general sanity of Hamlet will be disputed as long as Hamlet is studied in literature because of the delicacy and many details that the situation holds. Many have tried to determine sanity by proving him insane. Although Hamlet and Ophelia are the only characters thought to be so afflicted, the reactions of other characters to this madness mirrors their own preoccupations. By doing so those around Hamlet become part of the web Hamlet has weaved just to carry his fathers demand. By the influence of Protestantism, Hamlet develops his own philosophy critically.
Thought and afflictions, passion, hell itself, She turns to favor and to prettiness. Time between death and birth fluctuates with its vagueness, where various questions arises in human life. He could easily kill Claudius while he is praying, but restrains himself insuring that there is no chance of him entering heaven. As the play progresses, his depiction of a madman becomes increasingly believable, and the characters around him react accordingly. But though their irrational behavior is often similar and their fates alike, one is truly mad while the other is not. Hamlet's Sanity Sanity can be a very difficult character trait to study and an even worse state of mind to determine. He thought that he should not kill him now while he is praying.