Essay on Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, Hamlet, who faces difficulty and is intended to murder his uncle, who killed his father. Hamlet is a character who although some of his actions and emotions can be interpreted of insane persons. It was a tragic time in the life of the prince, Hamlet’s life became difficult due to his father had just passed away, his uncle then took the king’s throne and married Hamlet’s mother, then the ghost of his dead father appeared to him with orders for vengeance and, finally, the love of his life was no longer permitted to see the him by instructions of the lady’s father. This would appear too many to be reason enough for an individual to lose touch with reality and fall into …show more content…
Hamlet is sane because earlier in the play he tells Horatio that he is going to "feign madness" and that if Horatio notices any bizarre behavior from Hamlet, it is because he is pretending and putting on an act. (1.5.166). Hamlet tells Horatio but does not explain why he is going to act outlandish around people. Some people believe that Hamlet is going insane due to the love lost of Ophelia and recent loss of his father. Claudius so believes that Hamlet is truthfully angry and irrational that he works with Polonius in trying to find the cause for it and calls in Guildenstern and Rosencrantz to help, and even plans to send Hamlet to England to be cured.
GHOST
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
HAMLET
Murder!
GHOST
Murder most foul, as in the best it is;
But this most foul, strange and unnatural.
HAMLET
Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge. (1.5.25)
Hamlet is informed by his father’s ghost to “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” The ghost then goes on to say that as he was “sleeping in my orchard, A serpent stung me” and that “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life Now wears his crown.” Hamlet is commanded by the ghost to pursue revenge, telling him that Claudius has corrupted Denmark and tainted Gertrude, having seduced her in the

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