Insdie Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet has always been a hard to understand character, for many reasons this is understandable, as he comes from a period in history when not many things did make sense. Throughout the story Hamlet demonstrates a broad stroke of characteristics namely those that suit his end goal, the revenge of his father’s death by the hands of his step father, Claudius. With these broad characteristics lies the demonstration of his madness, a trait that eventually takes him over. Hamlet first to begin to act insane to use as a weapon, using it to gather information against his enemies and to act without their suspicion, putting on an “antic disposition”, and even then he only acts insane towards those he sees as his enemies, and allies of his enemies. …show more content…
While originally his madness was a beneficial agent in Hamlet’s war against Claudius, when in the mad state he is unable to focus and regains his sanity to concentrate. During Hamlet’s sane times he is totally and utterly focused on the situation. Encountering the ghost, Hamlet is acutely aware of the ghost and tells it to speak for he knows the ghost must be there for a reason, showing an intense concentration at the moment. While acting normal Hamlet’s thoughts are exceedingly clear and insightful, showing stark contrast between his insanity and sanity. Shakespeare, throughout the play, uses references and similes to describe his characters, Hamlet is no different, and he describes himself as “prophetic soul”. During this time period prophets and the like were often associated with having clarity of thought and action. Because of the word usage it is safe to assume that Shakespeare intends to demonstrate the abilities and clear mindedness of Hamlet during his sane hours. Expanding on the idea of Hamlet’s clarity his thoughts become exceedingly thorough, its best shown through Hamlet’s “to be or not to be speech”, which is exceedingly clever and far from the fractured mind demonstrated to others earlier in the play. The constant flux of Hamlet’s mind becomes a detriment which slowly begins to infect Hamlet’s mind forcing a permanent change in personality. In his last moments Hamlet tells Horatio that "in

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