Hamlet's Madness And Insanity In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet, the main character, is perceived by the audience as mad and he purposely tries to make an impression on the audience as well as the characters around him as insane. However, no one is actually aware when Hamlet 's bouts of insanity are real and when they are not. His sanity is also questionable because one does not know if Hamlet 's sanity is a cover for his insanity or if his sanity is the reality and his insanity is the act. Additionally, Hamlet 's madness is a concept that is debatable since it is created by society therefore is madness what we classify actions that are different from our own? This implies a great deal about systems of rational thought and the development of modern society. …show more content…
O God! God!/How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable/Seem to me all the uses of this world!” Here, Hamlet is in a state of extreme grief over his father 's death which is understandable because the norm of society is to grieve or be irrational which causes a loop where the irrational becomes the rational. Those around Hamlet, on the other hand, find Hamlet 's reactions to the death exaggerating and maybe even mad. Often, insanity is associated with sympotms of hallucinations and when Hamlet finds out that his father is a ghost how can the reader be sure that this ghost is “real” not a figment of Hamlet 's imagination. In the beginning of the play others are able to see Hamlet 's father later on Hamlet is the only one who is able to see the ghost. This is another example of the blurred line between Hamlet 's insanity and sanity. This line comes from the systems of rational thought built; which again brings back the idea that this line is blurred because the system is based on what we as humans are exposed to and not what the things we are not aware of or lack knowledge on. Once the reader is able to discern a hint of madness in Hamlet the entire play turns into a huge questioning of all his actions. This occurs because Hamlet 's actions are often not normal, …show more content…
And as human beings, the audience is aware that often enough emotions can overpower us and dominate the reasoning behind our actions. Shakespeare, in this play, explores the realm between reason and emotion and how they can either influence eachother, contradict one another, or both. Hamlet seems to be repeadtly driven by emotion, like when he says to Horatio he will follow the ghost, “Why, what should be the fear?/I do not set my life at a pin 's fee;/And for my soul, what can it do to that,/Being a thing immortal as itself?/It waves me forth again: I 'll follow it.” While it seems that Hamlet is attempting to be logical and is explaining the reasons why he should go with the ghost, the situation itself is so absurd that one can only think that Hamlet is driven by emotion after seeing his father-- a spirit. Hamlet often uses logic to give reason to his behaivor, he is able to make what he will do seem normal because of his reasoing but the audience will realized the situation is definitly not noramal which causes us to question is this a lack of emotion on Hamlet 's part or an abundance of it. Another example of this is when he reasons with himself that he can

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