Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay

1131 Words Feb 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Hamlet has been adored by countless viewers, and is still in production in theatres all over the world, despite it being written over 400 years ago. As to be expected of such a famous play, there have been countless critics disparaging it. Voltaire 's review, in particular, stands out from the rest. Voltaire profusely argues that Hamlet was written by a “drunken savage,” and that it is a “vulgar and barbarous drama,” where “Hamlet becomes crazy in the second act.” Hamlet’s berserk actions were entirely fabricated to hide his true intentions, meticulously conceived by the playmaster himself, Shakespeare. To the careful eye, it is as clear as day that Hamlet is not mad, as through all of his seemingly crazed and spastic actions, he is very conscious of what he is doing. Before the end of the first Act, he was still in mourning for his father, and was clearly upset with his mother for her decision to marry his uncle. Despite living in constant grief, it is acknowledged that Hamlet was certainly not insane. Hamlet only seems to be acting delirious after his meeting with the ghost, where Hamlet says, “How strange or odd some’er I bear myself / (as I perchance hereafter shall think meet / To put an antic disposition on)” (I. iv. 190-2). Hamlet swore Horatio and Marcellus, who brought him there, to secrecy. He commands them that they can tell no one of this incident, no matter “how strange or odd som’er I bear myself,” which forewarns that he will not be acting like…

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