Insanity In Hamlet

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Traumatic occurrences and events place an overwhelming amount of unease and cause disturbance to anyone that experience them. These occurrences are able to drive those it affects to limits that in turn damage relationships and cause negative influence on the mind. In William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, the protagonist’s character flexes and changes due to psychological stress, betrayal, supernatural occurrences, plots of revenge that influence his reactions, and how others think of him. His actions and comments to situations appear strange to many, leaving some to believe he has become insane.

Hamlet’s questionable insanity became noticeable through his attitude and behavior with those around him after a twisted turn of events. Hamlets
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This change is significant to his character because it built the foundation that the play would later have, ending in the deaths of those around him through rash decision in a tragic ending. The reaction Hamlet has to those around him “utterly degrades his genility” (Coleridge, 94). He became a victim of revenge and madness. Hamlets change in character altered the lives of those around him through his rash decisions and quick judgements. No longer the gentle, noble man he used to be, he became “Unable to contain all the conflicting duties of sonship, revenge, and prospective sovereignty, Hamlet registers his confusion by making madness, no longer Claudius his enemy” (Findlay, 144). Hamlet became his own enemy, his only goal developed to into revenge for his late father, and lost himself along the way to only those actions. Even though Hamlet’s original intentions were thought out and prepared to confuse the king by feigning his madness, he did not predict that he would lose himself as well. Managing to convince everyone around him, he ultimately gained the satisfaction of revenge for his murdered father, only to die soon after. Hamlet’s change in character signifies how easy it is to loose one 's self within a confusing turn of events, and in Hamlet’s case, vengence and …show more content…
From his actions to his words, and how others thought about him, in the end he was influenced by his father 's apparition, and his own desire to accomplish vengeance. Although his act became a reality to him, he altered the lives of those around him in the process of his own consumption and obsession with succeeding in his attempt to avenge his late father. Hamlet’s change in character was initially caused by the betrayal of family, and later the influence from his late father that created a large turn of events that ultimately ended in the escalating urgency to succeed, and the tragic deaths of many of the

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