Hamlet returns to Denmark because of his father’s death. When returning he soon finds out his mother remarried to his uncle Claudius, who takes the throne and becomes king. Hamlet not fully recuperated from his father’s death finds it even more troubling to understand his mother’s remarriage. After seeing his father’s ghost, Hamlet plans to put on an anti-disposition. Although at first Hamlet acts crazy, he later becomes mentally unstable and wants to commit suicide. Ophelia too was insane, but she kept it to herself while Hamlet contemplated suicide. Both characters were insane even though Ophelia committed suicide and Hamlet thought about suicide. Hamlet first created an antic-disposition; but family, grief, and psyche caused his antic
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The ghost of late King Hamlet appeared to Hamlet and requested him to avenge his death. “It is only after having seen the Ghost that Hamlet announces for the first time his intention of playing at madness” (Rudnytsky & Spitz 167). Hamlet decided to plan his antic-disposition after his father’s apparition, but Hamlet was not acting mad. His grief and anger could have easily caused an outburst.
Hamlet thought of his plan to revenge his father, but in order to do so he acted insane. Harrison mentions “a perfect revenge required, therefore, great artistry” (90), Hamlet had to make himself insane in order to convince others he was grieving and was suffering, and this too would help him get closer to Claudius so that he could avenge him for murdering the late King Hamlet. Hamlet’s plan was well thought out; beginning with his act to be insane and continuing with the play he created which showed the death of his father. “The madness is part of the complex game Hamlet plays: as prince and fool, he uses it both to resist Claudius’s sovereignty, and to evade the revenge encounter at the same time” (Salkeld 92). No matter how much anger he had towards his uncle Claudius, Hamlet followed his plan so that he wouldn’t fall to submission. Although Salkeld