Essay about The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

981 Words Nov 13th, 2016 4 Pages
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark written by William Shakespeare, is a play with a theme of revenge and madness. King Hamlet’s ghost comes to tell his son, Prince Hamlet, to get revenge on his killer. Hamlet follows his father’s orders. Hamlet is very clever. He begins acting mad in order to confuse and distract others. That way, Hamlet can quickly find out who his father’s killer is. A big question that is generated while reading this play is, was Hamlet honestly mad? Or was he just pretending like it? Many readers believe at the start he was only acting mad, but later go on to say by the end of the story Hamlet actually begins to lose his mind.
Readers can argue Hamlet overreacts and is very dramatic in multiple situations throughout the play. Although, after taking a closer look into the story, readers can conclude Hamlet was only acting mad on purpose. Hamlet wanted to solve the murder of his father. In spite of the fact Hamlet is only pretending to be crazy, he still is very depressed and even suicidal at times after his father dies. Hamlet shows classical signs of clinical depression and suicidal thoughts. In the play, Hamlet talks about the idea of killing himself quite often. “To be, or not to be? That is the question – Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer,”(3.1.58-59) In modern English that quote implies, “is it better to be alive or dead? Is it better to put up with the world or just end it all?” Yet another occasion Hamlet mentions suicide is at the…

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