Madness Is A Motif In Hamlet

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HAMLET ESSAY Madness is very similar to crazy, which is a motif through Hamlet by William Shakespeare. It is Hamlet's madness that eventually leads to his destruction. In Shakespeare's Hamlet madness leads to revenge, betrayal, destroyed love and even ends in death. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural death.” (Act 1 Scene 5) The Ghost (Hamlet's father) says this to Hamlet, because he wants Hamlet to kill the new King, Claudius. From what the Ghost has told Hamlet, he believes that Claudius has killed his father. Hamlet is now going to try everything he can to get Claudius to show some suspicion about the murder. “And so have I lost a noble father, a sister driven into desperate terms,whose worth, if praises may go back again. Stood challenger on mount of all the age for her perfections: but my revenge will come” (Laertes Scene 4 Act 7) Laertes says this to…show more content…
The main deaths are Ophelia, Gertrude, and the Ghost. Gertrude was killed by the king, when he let her drink from the poisoned wine. The Ghosts murderer was thought to be Claudius. Claudius only wanted what the old King had, the queen, his fortune and his role as King. “Good Hamlet cast thy night color off, and thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou knows ‘tis common; all that lives must die” (Queen Act 1 Scene 2) The queen tells this to Hamlet after his father's death when he is still in mourning. She tells him that he should not still be in mourning and should move on. The most dramatic death caused by madness was Ophelia's. She had gone completely insane because Hamlet had left her. She could not get over him and would sing all the time. She was sitting by the stream one day picking flowers, singing and drowned. Deaths caused by madness were not all murders but on a suicide, proving that madness was throughout all the characters in the

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