Insanity In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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One of today’s most analyzed plays in today’s society is the story of Hamlet. The big question that lies is “Is the character of Hamlet truly mentally unstable or is he just deceptive?” Through observation of Hamlet through the other main characters eyes, one would be able to draw a conclusion to whether or not Hamlet is truly mad or is it just in the reader’s head. In the tragedy of Hamlet, the main characters see young Hamlet’s mental instability in their own unique form. It’s seen through looking at previous events, emotions, and their own personal beliefs. While trying to figure out whether Hamlet is truly mad or is it feigned, they accidentally reveal something about themselves to the reader. Hamlet’s nature may have cause for it to be…show more content…
The details balance out the way the audience views of Hamlet’s mental stability status. Hamlet confides in Horatio that he will be faking his own madness, so if Horatio was to notice how strangely he was acting he would know that it was all an act. [Act I, scene V, lines 166-180]. Hamlet only shows his insanity while in certain character presence. He grows impractical while around Rosencrantz, Claudius, Polonius, Ophelia and Gertrude. However, while around Horatio, Gravediggers, Bernado, Francisco, and The Players, he is completely normal. Claudius statement , “And I do doubt the hatch and the disclose/ Will be some danger; which for to prevent,/ I have in quick determination [Act III, scene I, lines 165-167].” shows that even though he does believe Hamlet is behaving in a strange matter, he does not think that insanity is the cause of it. Polonius also agrees there is a method behind Hamlet’s maddness when he says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. [Act II, scene II, line 206]. Hamlet himself tell his mother, “That I essentially am not in madness,/ But mad in craft. [Act III, scene IV, lines 188-199]. Showing the he believes that he truly has control over his ability to act insane without actually becoming that person. He notices however that he could easily be found out because he still act as a man with thought instead of a man with only actions as a insane
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