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Hamlet essay. madness

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Hamlet essay Madness was considered a seriously bad thing in the 17th century, but the meaning for madness now compared to then has changed dramatically. Hamlet in the 17th century plays may have seem mad by Shakespeare's audience then but not now in the 21st century. In the 21st century a madman means an insane person, which is quite an offensive word. But in the 17th century a madman was just a person acting a bit out of character. Hamlet's behaviour throughout the play changes from a high to a low quite a lot. Although we do never find out if hamlet is sane or not, his first line I find is a little bit confusing, "a little more than kin, and less than kind" I don't really know what it means and sounds like a sign of madness. ...read more.


The first one being the loss of his father, there is however no proof for this as it happened ahead of the play so that we do not know if he was already mad. The second main event that may have caused hamlet to go mad is seeing the ghost of his father this is one of the most obvious one as this may make anyone go mad. But he seemed sane enough to understand that the ghost was saying that his uncle killed his father so this is a very doubtful answer to his madness. Another event that could have turned hamlet mad was the marriage of his mother and his uncle, this infuriated hamlet inside but he never released his anger. ...read more.


So he is contemplating suicide. This is a sign of madness as he's considering taking his own life. The next thing it says is "Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And by opposing end to them? To die; to sleep: no more and by a sleep we end, the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks." This is saying is it better to live or to die, and he is revising the points for and points against committing suicide. He is also saying in this soliloquy would it be better to die and have dreams or to suffer the horrors that life brings us. And that if he dies will he have happy dreams. In this part he is obviously not thinking straight. Luke wheeler 02/05/07 ...read more.

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