The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

1139 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
The tragedy of Hamlet, is perhaps, one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. One of the possible reasons for the recognition of this play is the way Shakespeare uses Hamlet to illustrate the complexity of the mind, and how deception must be used in order to deceive others to get to the truth. In Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates the theme of madness to serve a motive with Prince Hamlet showing the greatest ‘madness’.

Arguably, Hamlet wasn 't mad but used the madness as a deception to achieve what he wanted. Hamlet himself says, "That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft." This is supported by Mack 's idea that art and madness both allow freedom of speech but that their insights may be dismissed as merely fiction or nonsense. Hamlet thought about everything he was doing, and everything he was going to do as he feigned his madness, just so he could follow through on his plan to avenge his father 's death. Hamlet acted like he was mad because he did not want to outright kill Claudius, Hamlet wanted to make him suffer like Claudius had made his father suffer. He also knew that he could not go around telling people that Claudius killed his father just because a ghost told him so. Therefore, instead Hamlet masterminded a plan through his antic disposition that made the King, Claudius, show his guilt and then he would have proof that Claudius did in fact kill his father. However, a sane person wouldn 't normally react in this way and it could be argued that…

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