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Insanity of Hamlet and Ophelia Hamlets insanity is driven by his passion to avenge and grief over his fathers

death, while Ophelias madness is true and justified. Hamlet has mere reason behind his madness, he is deeply distraught by his fathers death, he continuously speculates on ways to kill his uncle Claudius, which leaves him in a vulnerable state of mind throughout the play. Hamlets feigned insanity comes from his passion to get revenge and grief over his fathers death, while Ophelia has true and justified insanity. Hamlet has reason behind his madness, he is saddened by his fathers death, planning on how to kill his uncle, and his mind is in a fragile place throughout the play. Ophelia is very naive, defenseless, and loyal to the men in her life. She cannot contend with difficulties that occur during the play such as, her father dying, Hamlets attitude towards her, and her lack of judgement. The are both insane yet have different reasons and ranging motives behind their insanity. Hamlet is in a unique situation where he his mother has married his uncle, Claudius, and his father has been murdered by his uncle. He wants nothing but revenge for his father. Hamlet is obsessed with proving Claudius guilty. Hamlet receives a lot of pressure from the ghost of his father to achieve revenge and feels like he has some sort of responsibility to get revenge for his father. Hamlet is hasty, erratic, and does not really think about his actions. When he stabs Polonius thinking that it is Claudius hiding behind the curtains, he does not even bother to look behind the curtain he just does it. His wild elocution and deranged actions upset other characters and set them up for other actions. When Hamlet repetitively acts nastily towards Ophelia she winds up committing suicide . When Hamlet says, Get thee to a nunnery! to Ophelia she even questions Hamlets sanity at that point and may have been a contribution to Ophelias suicide. Hamlet is also upset with his mother, Gertrude, for marrying Claudius so fast after his fathers death. Hamlet feels betrayed by his mother and is enraged with her.

ne of the most analyzed plays in existence is the tragedy Hamlet, with its recurring question: "Is Hamlets 'antic disposition' feigned or real?" In truth, this question can only be answered by observing the thoughts of the main characters in relation to the cause of Hamlet real or feigned madness. In the tragedy Hamlet, each of the main characters explains Hamlets madness in their own unique way. To discover the cause behind the madness of Hamlet, each character used their own ambitions, emotions and interpretations of past events. Characters tried to explain Hamlet's "antic disposition" by means of association to thwarted ambition, heartbreaking anguish, and denied love. In the workings of their thoughts, the characters inadvertently reveal something about their own desires, emotions and experiences to the reader.

Is Hamlet Mad? Not Likely. Madness is a condition of the mind which eliminates all rational thought leaving an individual with no proper conception of what is happening around him/her. Madness typically occurs in the minds of individuals that have experienced an event or series of events that their mind simply cannot cope with and, thus, to avoid their harsh reality, they fall into a state of madness. In William Shakespeares masterpiece Hamlet, there is much debate around the protagonist, Hamlet, and whether or not his madness in the play was real or feigned. It was a disastrous time in the prince, Hamlets life as his father had just passed away, his uncle then took the kingship and wed Hamlets mother, then the ghost of his deceased father appeared to him withinstructions for revenge and, finally, the love of his life was no longer permitted to see the prince by order of the ladys father. This would seem to many to be reason enough for an individual to lose touch with reality and fall into madness, but this was not the case with the brilliant strong-minded Hamlet. Though the prince displayed numerous signs of madness during the play, Hamlet never lost touch with reality as he continued acting rational both in his thoughts as well as while speaking with certain individuals. If Hamlet were truthfully insane, he would not have been able to suddenly stop displaying his insanity as he did in the play after his altercation with Laertes in the graveyard.

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a complex play, filled with layers of meaning. These are often revealed through the madness of the characters and the theme of madness throughout the play. 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.

`What is madness? Is someone mad merely because they are different, and do they in return see the same about the world?

The aforementioned notion of revenge leads to the idea of action vs. inaction.
Hamlet who seeks revenge,

delays in taking action for some reasons after

reason, some being unclear to the audience. This constant delay leads to some critics classifying hamlet as an indecisive person, who thinks too much and acts too little. However, hamlets character is far more complex and interesting then this simple analysis. This delay could be due to hamlets fear of what will occur afterwards, since for every action, theres an upcoming inaction. However at end this debate resolves by the deeply cynical suggestion that there is only one result of both action and inactiondeath.

Doesnt have "The Oedipus-Complex


Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't. Act 2 scene 2 "I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft." (III. iv. 187-8.)

Though it suits the king's purpose to accept this pronouncement of Polonius, he is never quite convinced of its truth. Hisinstructions to his henchmen, "Get from him why he puts on this confusion" (II. i. 2), imply that he understands it

as pretence and not real lunacy. He soon admits that Hamlet's actions and words do not indicate madness but melancholy: "What he spake, though it lack'd form a little. Was not like madness." (III. i. 163-4.) But it serves his wicked purpose to declare him a madman, and to make this the excuse for getting rid of him by sending him to England. In this as in everything the king is insincere, and seeks not the truth but his own personal ends. Speaks in iambic not insane

What is Shakespeare implying about death through Hamlet? Is the concept of death, making Hamlet for cautious and afraid. The reflection of the death part of the graveyard scene. Fears there is no salvation or glory after ones death.

Love madness was seen both in the literature of the nineteenth century and in reality. At the time, the definition of insanity and how it should be treated was going under dramatic changes. Love madness was seen as a primarily female disease. Insanity in general was seen to occur more often in females due to their natural weakness. Being female was almost a form of insanity because of what is seen as their biological inferiority. Living in a male-dominated society, women were forced to be weak, to be sickly.

For many characters in the play, words serve as weapons to manipulate other people and achieve their personal goals. The murder of King Hamlet with ear poison and the ghosts revelation that the whole ear of Denmark has been rankly abused undoubtedly foreshowed the significant role words play as lethal weapons in the storyline. Hamlet, the most eloquent and articulate character in the story was the unrivalled wielder of these weapons. By winning his mothers trust and proving Claudius guilt, Hamlet unquestionably used language effectively as a weapon.

Intro : 2 paragraphs :Hamlet vs. ophelias madness 1 paragraph context

Hamlet contemplates over killing his uncle in a confessional, if Hamlet were insane he would not be able to think so logically over the fact that in "forgiveness of his sins Claudius would go to heaven" (3. 3. 74).

Just because hamelts different doesnt label him as mad .