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Was Hamlet Faking His Insanity? Essay

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In Hamlet, he seems to be mad, but there is a question that everyone asks when reading or watching this play “was it, or was it not true that Hamlet was faking his insanity, really suffering, or maybe even both.” First, this is what insanity is: insanity is acting crazy, but not knowing that they’re acting crazy. Also, it’s going through a lot of stress at the same time causing you to act stranger then a normal person. Hamlet was not totally insane. It doesn’t fit.

I’m not saying that Hamlet was faking the whole thing. I mean, having your dad die is bad, but to have your mom marry your uncle. Also to see the ghost of your dead dad. That might make you a bit crazy, but not as crazy as everyone thought Hamlet was. If it wasn’t for Hamlet’s insanity, the King would have known that something was wrong with Hamlet, and might have him killed. If Hamlet didn’t act to make the king believe ...view middle of the document...

Later on, Hamlet lets out to his friends and his mom his plan to pretend to act insane. He tells Horatio that he is going to "feign madness”, and that if Horatio notices any strange behaviour from Hamlet, it is because he is putting on an act. Some of the other people also come to notice that Hamlet is not crazy. Claudius says that Hamlet's "actions although strange, do not appear to stem from madness." Also Polonius says that Hamlet's actions and words have a "method" to them, there might be a reason behind them, and they make sense over all. Through the play Hamlet looks like he’s insane then sane again. What he says to his friends describes his madness "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw". This explains how he is mad only at the right time, when he’s around the people who betrayed others and himself. The people are: Ophelia and her betrayal to him, his mom's betrayal to his dad, his friends’ betrayal to him and his uncle's betrayal to his brother.

In conclusion, Hamlet really wasn’t insane the whole time, or nothing would have fit the exact way it did. Hamlet believes in his sanity at all times. He never doubts his control over his mind. Also, if he really was insane, he would not have been able to do all the things that he managed to do. It was a very genius plan that Hamlet made, and it almost worked, if everyone didn’t die at the end. Hamlet was truly not insane. People who are insane do not think normally, they do not plan out an idea ahead of time, also they don’t have actual reasons for their actions, and they have no clue of what’s going on around them. If insane people thought this way, they wouldn’t be insane, they would be sane like Hamlet was.

Works Cited
http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/hamlet/summary.html

http://www.artofeurope.com/shakespeare/sha8.htm

http://www.william-shakespeare.info/script-text-hamlet.htm

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