Hamlet was a genius, extremely philosophical and contemplative. Or is he merely angry. Seeing a Ghost Hamlet sees the ghost of his dead father as he is out taking a stroll late at night. . On the contrary, he at once accepts the idea of the personation, pledges himself to secrecy, takes an active part in the discovery of the king's guilt, and encourages Hamlet to execute his vengeance. To think, to know, to know perchance to understand, the truth behind it all. Hamlet wants his uncle to burn in hell.
Act V, scene 2 Well, there's a couple of ways to look at this: One, Hamlet was mad for the instant that he killed Polonius temporary insanity. That would be your own homework, but gave him a break Jayne. What does it mean to be insane. And to me, everything he says after te ghost goes is a foundation stone for his thinking and acting through the rest of the play. But Hamlet takes his actions most often through reason. Or is he so intelligent, cunning and in control that this is merely the playing out of his completely conceived and well-executed plan of attack. Horatio is well aware that everyone assumes his friend to be demented, and, nevertheless, because true to him and to his sworn promise of secrecy, he does nothing to dispel, but rather lends himself to sustain the common delusion.
As Shakespeare no longer can assert what he truly intended, the best modern actors and directors can do is work under their own analysis. Thought remains reasoning and logical. Osric is too great a fool for it to be necessary that Hamlet should assume the cloak of insanity; but answering him with a witty imitation of his own affected jargon, he dismisses him with an acceptance of the challenge; and shortly afterwards engages in the combat which, as we have seen, ends fatally to both Laertes and himself. Although while Hamlet is holding up this pretence of madness he slowly becomes drawn into a depression, which is so deep at some points it is unclear whether he is insane or deeply depressed, I would not call this depression madness in any way because the term madn. Though Prince Hamlets insanity is the main focus of distress for most, other individuals are mad as well, and for the first time quite genuinely.
Hamlet searches for logic in what he does. The storyline of Hamlet follows a vein of madness that begins with Claudius' murdering King Hamlet and ending with the tragic killing of almost every main character. He declares that he will send Hamlet to England, in the hope that a change of scenery might help him get over his troubles. Two of these maddened characters are Hamlet and Ophelia, who also share a love for each other. His language is erratic and wild, but beneath his mad-sounding words often lie acute observations that show the sane mind working bitterly beneath the surface.
Hamlet is possibly isolating himself as a defence mechanism. All the same, he does control his anger and bitterness fairly majestically: he speaks constantly in powerful, measured, verse, even while those around him are interjecting raggedly. Once Claudius though he was insane, he was safe, and then he could carry out the rest of his plan. He tells his love interest, Ophelia, that he no longer loves her, for example, but then later jumps into her grave as he prepares for a fight, professing his passion. Finally, I would like to mention that at several points, Claudius, while speaking to himself, admits to the murder of the king. One will see the idea of revenge in many great pieces.
Summary Scene 1 An entourage consisting of the king and queen, and , and enters to begin the Act. Hamlet was nervous and scared on how to approach the ghost. Is this the premis of your argument? Did Hamlet start out pretending to be mad, and his obsession drove him to madness? A problem when trying to debate his mental state is that people typically assume that sanity is a consistent thing. These were the things which he was bottling up, and which were making him so depressed, through his not acting on them. His feelings toward his mother spill over and blight his view and his relationships of all women and of himself. The entire play is actually about him.
It gives no intellectual pleasure, stirs no pleasing emotion, and engenders no love of virtue and hatred of vice. Hamlet's Antic Disposition - Is Hamlet's Madness Real? Now imagine, if you will, that ghosts don't actually exist not really a stretch. And God help me, I can't keep pace with the personal insults! Hamlet may have been overdramatic, but he was simply using a ruse of madness in order to kill his uncle and gain his revenge. Did you even read Hamlet? I'm not the one underestimating people here. As the oath is being administered, the Ghost from beneath three several times calls upon them to swear, and thus greatly emphasizes the sanctity of their pledge. Far otherwise is it with Edgar and with Hamlet.
Throughout the play Hamlet takes on different personas, making it hard define him as only one character type. So vivid were his conceptions of his ideal creations that, actually living and acting in them, he gives them an objective existence in which they seem living realities, or persons walking among us, endowed with our human emotions and passions, and subject to the vicissitudes of our common mortality. However, there are also indications to the contrary, Hamlet only feigns madness for the purpose of carrying out his mission. What does it mean to be insane? This leads me to believe that you really only half-read my original post. Most casual readers of Hamlet take the speech to be, at its simplest level, a contemplation of suicide.