But his mistake is thinking it is Claudius instead of Polonius, not doing the killing itself. Now, this is why I am absolutely opposed to the use of theory in Literature or History: it takes a set of principles, says 'this is the answer', and then tries to make examples fit the principles. Well how much more specific can i get? Hamlet does not always appear to be mad, in fact throughout Hamlet's Madness in William Shakespeare's Hamlet At any given moment during the play, the most accurate assessment of Hamlet's state of mind probably lies somewhere between sanity and insanity. Your statement that 'Hamlet makes speeches about his admiration and love for males and brothers and so on. Because rage is not madness either, and everyone makes mistakes, maybe even destroys things, when he's lost his temper. Hence, I say he is depressed, but he is not mad. Shakespeare was commenting on the shocking lasciviousness of the human condition, but you won't know that until you actually allow people to show some spine and identify his actual points.
The truth is, however, that the only person he truly trusts any longer is Horatio. Hamlet is then challenged to a fencing match. 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. No Normal thinking human being would say soemthing that weired. He was a master of manipulation as he fools everyone into believing he is mad. This objection is rather an argument to the contrary; for insane persons are never known to plead insanity in self-exculpation.
Shakespeare-Lexicon, by Alexander Schmidt, 3rd edition, Berlin, 1902. The late John Smith could have been a latterday Hamlet. Hamlet remains one of the most discussed literary characters of all time. You obviously have no idea what a soliloquy is, and is for, dramatically. At other times, he exemplifies… 745 Words 3 Pages Is Hamlet insane or is he not? One mustn't, I believe, try to conflate every emotion and state of thought that Hamlet goes through in the play and the several months of its narrative into one single state of mind. He had a way about him that made people listen. But Polonius and Ophelia completely.
Such simulation, however, would be of no avail if Marcellus and Horatio were free to speak of the manner in which he had met their inquiries, and therefore he anticipates all risk by a confession that he may perchance hereafter think meet to put on a disposition similar to that already assumed towards them; while by a second oath of equal solemnity to the former one he binds them not so much as to give the faintest hint that if they chose they could explain his strangeness, and to this pledge as before the Ghost from beneath adjures them. We can't just write your paper for you, you know; but if you've got a specific problem with something in the play, like what might Hamlet mean when he says X, or why might he do Y, ' cause that'll prove he's not just thinkinng like a goldfish, well then, we can innundate you with our thoughts till you're sick of them. Hence, a comparison of the nature of their madness may be a flash of light in darkness. But anyway, I still say that his rage is unfocussed. He acts like a fool to make them believe that he is insane in order to get a reaction from them, and so they listen to his comments during the course of the play. If Hamlet does know that Claudius and Polonius are listening, the fact that he can instantly adjust his behavior points toward the idea that he has a firm grip on reality and his own mind.
I think that Hamlet drove himself mad by acting mad, he became so fixated on having revenge that he lost the plot completely. In this case, I feel that Hamlet was temporarily insane and lost touch with reality and therefore lost control of himself. This showed itself most of all in his encounter with Ophelia in Act 3 Scene I. Nevertheless, I do think that in every case it is possible that someone can be right, even if he or anyone else doesn't even know it for sure; because I do believe there is a single truth, and the truth fits and makes sense. I too, am writing a critical analysis of Hamlet's state of mind. And now I must let babies have their rattles.
Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? It's only called too much because Hamlet wonders if it is. The success with the playlet changes that. Hamlet does not suffer from mental infirmity. Plus in the same scene how come his mother doesn't see the ghost. How to cite this article: Shakespeare, William. Look at all the trials today! Bradley , January 21, 2002.
What does it mean to be insane? Polonius is an untrustworthy character, and does not do anything in the whole length of the play to help Hamlet with any of his problems, chiefly caused my Polonius and the King. Hamlet, a prince, has had access to everything in life and has seen the corruption everywhere, and does not wish to be a part of it. Well, here's why I say it: 1 Hamlet's real love was for his father. I agree with the point made earlier on how that when a person beleives something it will happen. Lord Polonius That's very true, my lord.
Ophelia's entry cuts short his reflections, and Hamlet has now doubly to be on his guard. He's intelligent but not omniscient. We must ask ourselves if Ophelia did not turn mad, do you think we would question Hamlets madness quite so much? Hamlet doesn't acts like a fool. Consider this: what is the definition of insanity? After that, I think the way I would tackle the question in detail would be to find all Hamlet's speeches and activities in the play which anyone who wanted to say Hamlet is mad would point to as proof that he's mad. He merely rewrote the orders they had that were meant to order Hamlet's death with orders that switched his name for theirs. He wants to be king. Moving on to the fourth scene, the next interesting speech is on l.