Hamlet Insane or Sane Essay
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Hamlet- Sane or Insane???
In Shakespeare's play Hamlet the main character Hamlet experiences many different and puzzling emotions. He toys with the idea of killing himself and then plays with the idea of murdering others. Many people ask themselves who or what is this man and what is going on inside his head. The most common question asked about him is whether or not he is sane or insane. Although the door seems to swing both ways many see him as a sane person with one thought on his mind, and that is revenge. The first point of his sanity is while speaking with Horatio in the beginning of the play, secondly is the fact of his wittiness with the other characters and finally, his soliloquy. After talking with the ghost, Hamlet,…show more content…
The final point to prove that he was a sane person through out the play is his famous soliloquy (Act 3 sc1 line64-98). At this point in the play he should be thinking about the outcome, but instead he contemplates weather it is better to be alive or dead. Is it nobler to fight his troubles and end them or to die? He asks himself if it is better to be asleep forever, or suffer the pains of life. He talks about when we sleep we dream and what happens if there is a bad dream and you can't getup. He dreads of something after death and wants to know if he should suffer his sorrows, which he is used to, or travel to the unknown and kill the king, but he is afraid of the unknown. He believes that a conscience is bad and that all it does is make a coward of all, conscience makes cowards of us and clouds instinct. He then realizes he is too intelligent to do this. To summarize his thoughts, he has basically said why do we choose to live when death is an easy response to misery, but he answers his own question and then goes on to describe his burden but then sees what his action of revenge must be. Does an insane person go through this type of mental thought. Most think not, showing that he is well witted and knows what life is and what he must do. Insane, no, more or less a manic depressant. One with a quick change of mood, not in and out of sanity. In conclusion, Hamlet wasn't a person who was
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What occurs in another person's mind is almost impossible to know and comprehend. We use our own understanding of the world that surrounds us to find answers concerning the minds of people around us. As I read Hamlet by William Shakespeare, I was forced to use my understanding to determine whether or not Prince Hamlet was drowning in the sea of madness or just waddling in the pool of acting. To answer my own question I needed to determine what I believe to be the definition of insanity. The Merriam Webster Dictionary: 50th Edition defines insanity as "exhibiting serious and debilitating mental disorder." I would define insanity as having no limits to your statements and actions. As well as displaying…show more content…
You are a fishmonger." (Act 2, Scene 2 Line 190) At times of solitude he is sane. He is able to release the feelings that he can't show in front of others because if he does then his plans would be destroyed. Such as when he says "Now I am alone." (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 576) It give off the air as though it is said in between a sigh, as if to say finally the curtains are down. Now is "When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw." (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 401-402) He can reason and plan freely. This shows that Hamlet himself controls the wind and therefore he controls his sanity, and if one can control their sanity and insanity then they are not mad. There is even a place where Hamlet admits to Horatio and Marcellus the he would act crazy and not to hint to anybody not even to each other that they know what is going on. Hamlet says "How strange or odd some'er I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on) That you at such times seeing me, never shall, with arms encumbered thus, or this headshake, or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, as "Well, well, we know," or "We could an if we would," or "If we list speak," or "There be an if they might," Or such ambiguous giving-out, to note that you know aught of me---this do swear, so grace and mercy at your most need help you." (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 190-202) If we interpret this we can tell