• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Hamlets Madness

Extracts from this document...


Hamlets Madness I do not believe that Hamlet is going mad nor insane. I think that he was just putting on an act of madness to convince people he was going insane in order to carry out his revenge on Claudius. If it wasn't for Hamlet's feigned madness the Claudius would have obviously known that something was up and would have possibly had Hamlet killed. Hamlet only acted mad or insane around certain people. In his private conversations with Horatio there was no signs of insanity with the way he was talking to him. Hamlet tells Horatio "How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet To put on an antic disposition on, - That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumber'd thus. Or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase."(Ham. ...read more.


Then Guildenstern states "Which dreams, indeed, are ambition; fro the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream."(Ham. 2.2.245-246). Hamlet wants to make the King and Queen believe that the death of his father and their marriage is the reason for his madness. The Queen states "I doubt it is no other but the main, - His father's death and our o' hasty marriage. (Ham. 2.2.56-57). Hamlet want s to make Polonius and Ophelia believe that it is his love for Ophelia that has driven him mad. This is revealed when Ophelia speaks with Polonius about Hamlet's encounter with her (Ham. 2.2 75-108). In the phrase "I am but mad north by northwest, when the wind is southernly I know a hawk from a handsaw"(Ham. 2.2.347-348) Hamlet is stating that North is normal and that "North by Northwest" means that he is only slightly insane. ...read more.


In the scene where he is with his mother he also has a violent out burst. He is very cruel towards he and clenches her throat in anger. He sees his father's ghost while with his mother. His mother does not see him. All of the other times someone has seen the ghost when it has appeared. This may be a sign that Hamlet experiencing true madness. "On him, on him: Look O you how pale he glares! His form and cause conjoured, preaching to stones would make them capable (Ham.3.4.126-128. In conclusion I believe that Hamlet's madness or insanity throughout the play is being acted. However I do believe that in the end Hamlet drives himself over the edge when he kills Polonius and his true anger shows. Hamlet crossed that line into true madness a few times in this play. I believe that this was not a good way to go about getting revenge on Claudius. There was too much of a delay and in the end Hamlet lost by losing his life too. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Hamlet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Hamlet essays

  1. Is Hamlet's madness feigned or real?

    It is unclear whether Hamlet wanted Polonius to see the "method behind his madness". Even though Hamlet's performance as a madman is a good one, Polonius notes that "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it" (Act II, scene II, lines 220-221), hinting that he is catching on to Hamlet's plan to feign his madness.

  2. Hamlet's "antic disposition" is feigned. Discuss

    Although this may be due to revenge, the focus on the "incestuous sheets" and "adulterous" further supports the Oedipal. Moreover, if Hamlet's mind was completely focused on revenge, then he would have carried out the vengeful murder directly after the play.

  1. Was Hamlet the true cause of Ophelia's madness?

    Hamlet makes Horatio and Marcellus swear to never reveal or hint that they know what the matter with him is. And that his antic disposition could be a burden on the King and Queen them. To cause distress to his mother shows his lack of gratitude towards her, but by

  2. Discussing Hamlets desire for vengeance.

    also refers to the world in general, denouncing its disorderly state, or even the Globe Theatre (Andrews & Gibson, 2006: 264, 265). Continuing with the issue of language, the repetition of some words and phrases add to the emotional intensity of the extract.

  1. How does Shakespeare present Hamlet's madness throughout the play?

    two, that his Father's death was only a short time ago, and that Claudius and Gertrude married with haste after his death, Horatio's and Hamlet's conversation verifies this: Horatio:"My Lord I came to see your Father's funeral," Hamlet: "I prithee do not mock me, fellow student.

  2. Criticism on Hamlet

    The new view that one envisages emerges as a synthesis of the two earlier views. I shall argue that this emerging view, though necessarily a product of our own times, could restore to Hamlet something of the tragic quality that may have belonged to the play in its own day.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work