William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Possessing The Quality Of Humor

1087 Words Mar 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Possessing the quality of humor is to be sane. A deranged sociopath will not have the ability to express jocular remarks like Hamlet, the titular character in Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet. Written between 1599 and 1602, this play focuses on young Prince Hamlet’s machination to murder his uncle, the recently crowned King Claudius, in order to avenge the unobserved regicide of his father, King Hamlet. The repercussions of Hamlet’s vindictive plan are extremely appalling as he directly caused the deaths of aforementioned King Claudius, Polonius, Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He also indirectly provoked the death of his mother Gertrude and the suicide of his beloved Ophelia. For centuries, scholars have debated whether Hamlet was behaving accordingly to an insane individual or if his madness was simply a pretense in order to execute his plan. However, because Hamlet can wittingly quip at other characters in the play in his most tragic circumstances, this demonstrates that he is sane because humor and madness cannot be concurrently in one’s mind. Alexander Wellington Crawford states this succinctly in his text Hamlet, an Ideal Prince, and Other Essays in Shakespearean Interpretation: Hamlet; Merchant of Venice; Othello writing, “Humor and madness do not travel the same road” (71). In contradistinction, Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and potential wife of Prince Hamlet, also conspicuously experiences madness. But due to the fact that Ophelia…

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