The Importance Of Madness In Hamlet

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Register to read the introduction… Most of the other characters cannot tell whether he is mad or not, but some give their thoughts on the matter. Polonius is of the opinion that it is unrequited love that drives Hamlet insane, Gertrude thinks that is was the untimely death of King Hamlet and her hasty marriage, Guildenstern and Rozencrantz think that ambition and frustration drive Hamlet to insanity and Ophelia, who becomes mad herself, thinks that Hamlet's lunacy is just pure madness. Claudius is the closest of all the characters as to the cause of Hamlet's insanity, that is, if he is actually insane. He thinks that Hamlet's madness is caused by deep …show more content…
He has become greatly introspective and muses on his life. Even before the complication of his dead father's request, Hamlet's sorrow at his loss is so great that he wishes his "too too solid flesh would melt" (1:2, 129), but only because the "Everlasting … (had) fix'd his cannon 'gainst self-slaughter"(1: 2, 131-132). He is disenchanted with the world in which "things rank and gross in nature possess it merely" (1:2 136-137). When he tells Horatio that he "do(es) not set his life at a pin's fee"(1:4, 65), it is showing his lack of lust for life due to his melancholy. His new task does not divert his attention from his sadness but complicates and helps it grow until he feels that this world "is a prison." (2:2, 254). When he sees that the players can summon up so much passion over fiction he berates himself for being a coward, for, when he should act he "like a whore, (must) unpack his heart with words" (2:2,590). Hamlet's next thoughts of death are not in the usual tone. He debates whether "to be, or not to be" (3:1, 56) in a reflective mood. He does not mention his other tribulations, but rather muses on life and death with a feeling of despair. He yearns for an escape from this life but for "the dread of something after death" (3:1, 78), and because his sense of nobility and duty prompt him to act. Hamlet's staging of the play gained the desired result, the king's reaction. Convinced of the truth in the

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