Hamlet Sanity Analysis

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Throughout the duration of this play Hamlet’s sanity is brought largely into question. Both sides of the argument have very compelling evidence to back them up, both for his sanity and against it. Hamlet has drifted down into a deep state of mental chaos that he can never climb out of,or so it seems. His actions both, help and harm him, but more evidence can be found stating that he is sane. Hamlet’s dialog throughout the entirety of the play is largely nonsensical. Some examples are: “I see a cherub that sees them. But come,for England.”(Act 4.3) “My mother, father and mother are man and wife, man and wife is one flesh, and so, my mother, come, for England.”(Act4.3) The death of his father and the rejection from Ophelia left him distraught …show more content…
Hamlet is able to be sarcastic, which is what one would expect from a member of high society. Excerpt from Elitedaily.com: “It’s a two-step process. To use, and detect, sarcasm, you need to grasp not just the scenario in front of you – but also aspects of that scenario that might be lacking.” Polonius, Claudius, and Gertrude all have doubts about Hamlet’s insanity from the beginning. Gertrude has been just a naive woman who has issues reading in on her son’s emotions. Claudius began to pick up on the fact that some of Hamlet’s actions seemed exaggerated. Polonius just thought Hamlet was love sick over his daughter, until Hamlet dumped her. The eloquent usage of Hamlet’s vocabulary greatly differs from the normal viewpoint of someone with a fractured mind, but it conveys that Hamlet’s mind is in peak condition. He explains to Horatio, his best friend, and Gertrude, his mother, that he is not crazy, but just a plot to achieve his goal of vengeance,scene: “It is not madness that I have uttered. Bring me to the test,and I the matter will reword, which madness would gambol from.” Also, he only acts “crazy” around specific characters like Claudius and Polonius. He does this to give them a false sense of security so that his plans for revenge can go off smoothly and without a hitch. He is easily capable of being seen as just a rebellious young man and not some maniac. He is always teasing Polonius,albeit in a vulgar …show more content…
Through his father’s untimely murder, his girlfriend’s rejection, and his uncle’s rapid marriage to Hamlet’s mother, it is very easy to say that he is just a madman. However, there is a certain art to his craft, a certain “je ne sais quoi “that Hamlet has when he goes about in his “mad” episodes. It was stated in the play best,” I essentially am not mad, but mad in craft.” Even when he is at death’s door Hamlet is able to hold his mind together long enough to kill his uncle, the very man who had created the plan to poison him, and gave young Fortinbras his seal of approval to become the new king of Denmark. The evidence I have gathered from my reading and researching of the play has led me to believe that Hamlet’s so called “madness” is just a cleverly planned ruse in order to achieve his final goal, and avenge his father’s

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