Essay on Hamlet By William Shakespeare 's Hamlet
The first point of research on Hamlet’s sanity was what happened after he encountered the ghost. In act 1, scene 5, Horatio and Marcellus had been with Hamlet when he talked to the ghost which was confirmed to be Hamlet’s dad since he was “wearing his exact armor” and he “frowned just like the king did”. The ghost tells Hamlet how his father died by saying in act 1, scene 5, and line 39:
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life,
Now wears the crown” (Shakespeare, 1603).
But what happens after that is how he proves that he is actually sane, he is just pretending he’s insane. After Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus see the ghost; Hamlet tells Horatio that he is going to start acting strange. Giving Horatio a heads up that if he notices Hamlet is acting insane at times it is just because he is putting on an act. In act 1, scene 5, line 171, Hamlet says:
“How strange or odd soe 'er I bear myself…
That you, at such times seeing me, never shall-
With arms encumbered thus, or this headshake…
Or such ambiguously giving out- to note, That you know aught of me” (Shakespeare, 1603).
This means that from this point on Hamlet’s behavior might be weird but to ignore his acts of insanity because they are just acts. By saying…