Theme Of Craziness In Hamlet
People deal with stress in a variety of ways and Hamlet’s way is to act out and act crazily and hide from the royal family. However, as the play unfurls, the line between his stress and craziness does seem to cross as Hamlet’s anxiety turns into madness. Hamlet’s alleged insanity all starts with grief over the death of his father. King Hamlet is dead at the beginning of the play but his ghost has returned from hell to warn Hamlet about foul play. Hamlet’s grief then turns into anger when he encounters his father’s ghost on top of the castle’s tower one dark night. During this strange encounter, King Hamlet, Prince Hamlet’s father, admits that he’s,” Doomed for a certain term to walk the night, And for the day confined to fast in fires” (1.5,57). In other words, because King Hamlet never received his last rights, he’s doomed to hell.