Hamlet 's Act Of Indiscreet Insanity Essay

968 Words Oct 28th, 2014 4 Pages
Douglas Horton once said, "While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself." These words mesh with Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, as the titular protagonist is seeking revenge for the murder of his father, whose killer is Hamlet 's uncle, Claudius. Hamlet dons a new persona to carry out this deed, by faking insanity. But this act ends up hurting more than helping, as Hamlet keeps sidestepping and not acting upon his will to kill Claudius, and instead plots, plans, and hurts the wrong people. Then in the end, Hamlet 's escapade of revenge ends up ending the lives of those he loves, those who are his friends or acquaintances, the one he meant to kill all along, and even his own. Revenge ends up causing chaos and ruins the character 's lives.
Hamlet 's act of indiscreet insanity ends up hurting the ones he actually cares about. It starts with Ophelia, who early in the play, he degrades and belittles as a part of his act. He says: Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.. Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so. You should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not. (III,i,131)
He says here that he never loved Ophelia and that her beauty is all a deceitful mirage. To add…

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