Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essays

1203 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet displays clear signs of a struggle with Schizophrenia all throughout his plight following his father’s death. Among these are episodes of intense hallucination and illusion, those being during the visits of the ghost, some misguided thoughts and a loose grasp of reality, and the shifts and diction chosen in his soliloquies. In general, Hamlet displays a peculiarity and isolated nature about himself which is identical to that of a typical schizophrenic. Someone who suffers from schizophrenia typically feels the effects reach their greatest height, and most clearly exhibits outwardly visible symptoms, in young adulthood (Schizophrenia). Hamlet is approximately thirty years old throughout the play, so he would be poised to have such a condition reach its peak or final stage of development during this time. Schizophrenia is often associated with bipolar disorder, so much so that it’s a notoriously tricky diagnosis for doctors to make (Smith). Hamlet’s perilous sadness after his father’s murder, as well as his easily shifting moods from scene to scene lend themselves to the idea of him having one of the two disorders. Famous for its illusionary effect on people’s hearing, schizophrenia also can cause hallucinations in each of the other four senses (Bragen), hence his seeing the ghost of his father. Yes, the guards and Horatio see the ghost in act one as well, however that whole meeting could be a product of Hamlet’s fractured mind, just a made…

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