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Was Hamlet the true cause of Ophelia's madness?

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Hamlet course work Explore how Shakespeare portrays madness in Hamlet. Many questions have been raised about Hamlets madness. Whether it was an act, or that his father's death and his ghost genuinely drove him to the brink of madness. Along side with Hamlet, further on in the play Polonius's death brought Ophelia and the audiences to question her own sanity as well. Although Hamlets madness and Ophelia's are caused by the same thing, the death of their father, they both have very different consequences to their new found personality change. Hamlets madness itself was represented as an act, from an audience's point of view we know his anti disposition is an act, but this piece of dramatic irony brings a lot of despair for the rest of the characters. I'm going explore how Shakespeare portrays madness in the play , looking in depth to causes, consequences, actions, language, similarities, and differences or Ophelia's and hamlets madness. The death of King Hamlet left a lot of considerable damage on Hamlet. In act one scene two as the King and Queen celebrate their wedding, and Hamlet is still mourning his father's death. "How is it that the clouds still hang on you?" "Not so my lord, I am too much in the sun" It's his own strong belief that the Queen did not mourn enough for her husband, and her 'oh hasty marriage' was brought on too quick. This conjures negative emotions in Hamlet, for which uses to build a barrier between them. ...read more.


He also accuses Polonius of being the "Jephthah, judge of Israel," Act two scene meaning that Polonius would put his country in front of his daughter. Hamlet has at this point convinced Polonius that he is in a state of madness because he Knows that Polonius cares for his daughter a great deal and would never put her second of anything. By convincing Polonius that he has no consideration for the well-being of others, Hamlet is then hoping that Polonius will tell the court of his emotional madness. Ophelia's madness drove her to commit suicide. This states that her madness truly did only affect her but does pay a big toll on the others. Ophelia's madness is brought on by her lack of being able to demonstrate any maturity in trying to cope with her losses, and in return can only inflict her madness on everyone else. She demonstrates this in Act four scene 5 She wasn't given the proper burial because of the fact that suicide is a huge sin, the fear of death and that there could be something other than just 'eternal slumber' behind it haunted Hamlet too much for him to ever commit suicide. This is just another stepping stone to prove the cowardliness of his personality. In Act three scene one, Hamlets most famous speech "To be, or not to be" proves his fear of death. It represents how he constantly contemplates suicide but cannot die because his father is proof of the horrid after life, Because king Hamlet did not purge away his sins he is "Doomed for certain ...read more.


As everyone gathers for her burial which is done in secret because of being her being driven to death by suicide, Hamlet jumps into her grave during confrontation with Laertes screaming "A thousand brothers couldn't lover her more," Leartes challenges Hamlet to a duel to prove their love to Ophelia and also this is the perfect opportunity to seek revenge. During their heated argument Claudius repeats in the back "He's mad laertes he's mad," This is done with a great deal of spite, firstly he wants to wind Hamlet up and also giving Laertes more motivation to slash out on Hamlet. This is all done because maybe Claudius knows that Hamlet has discovered how he murdered King Hamlet and could possibly jeopardize his position at the throne. Hamlet was the true cause of Ophelia's madness, without his selfishness his true love wouldn't be enduring such agony. She too loved her father and surely Hamlet of all people knows what it is like to have a loved ones life taken away from them through cold hearted murder. I think there are a lot of negative points about both Ophelia's and hamlets madness, but hamlets was more of an act to prove his disapproval of Claudius's air to the throne . If Hamlet was truly scared of committing suicide and the consequences that are withheld for it in the after life, Should Hamlet not also worries about the punishment on numerous cold blooded murders? Also Laertes's madness is driven by Hamlets careless actions; he subconsciously kills a whole family when all he wanted to do himself was seek revenge for King Hamlet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Annam Butt ...read more.

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