Is Hamlet Insane? The topic of whether Hamlet is insane or not insane has become a very controversial dispute. Some say he Hamlet actually started to progressively become insane as the play went on (thoughts of suicide, etc.) and some say that he just put on an act to gain an opportunity to avenge his father’s death., who was murdered my Claudius, his brother. I believe that Hamlet was completely aware of the words he spoke and the actions he made and acted in a way that could be considered “insane” for vengeance.
I heard many things in hell.” Through his denial of the hold lunacy has on him, the Narrator establishes the very nature of his madness. His contradictions’ such as denial of being afflicted by the disease, then the very next thought is to defend the nature of the illness by praising it for moulding his senses is evidence towards his increasing madness and the inevitable doom of the Narrator. The Mad Man’s seemingly unprovoked rage towards the Old Man is blamed upon his dead, hazy eye. The Narrator in a fit of Madness trying to explain his actions, claims his motivation; “One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold: and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” The Narrator again proves his madness through his apparent lack of solid intent coupled with his explanation of the rage within him.
After the audience becomes aware of this, and Edmund’s duplicitous plotting, the audience loses all sympathy for the main antagonist of the subplot in King Lear. The loyal, earnest Edmund presented to Gloucester and Kent in Act 1 Scene 1 is a stark contrast to the scheming, bitter Edmund seen alone for the first time in the beginning of Act 1 Scene 2. His first soliloquy begins with Edmund asking why he should not take it upon himself to better his societal standing. The only things standing in his way are societal conventions and complicated laws. He has faith that, with masterful planning, he can overcome the barriers society has set up for him, and take what he believes to be rightfully his: land, money, and power.
He pops out of no where, and in the beginning, not saying a word. Finally, after appearing several times, the ghost turns out to be Hamlet’s dad, and tells his son he can’t rest in peace because he had been murdered. b. What disturbing political events happen in the background? Claudius had King Hamlet murdered and took over the throne.
This is apparent through the appearance of his father. The apparition claims that “I am thy [Hamlet’s] father’s spirit” (I.v.14). This shows that the king’s physical body is dead but not his soul. But the king admits that he had done some bad things in his life therefore he is “doomed for a certain term to walk the night” (I.v.15). As hamlet figures it out that the husband of his mother is a murderer—Uncle Claudius—he realizes that his mother is at fault.
His insanity leads to his mother’s devastation which leads to the death of innocent people. King Hamlet Sr. dies before the play officially begins causing his brother, Claudius, to take over the throne and rule all of Denmark. To ice it off, Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude remarries Claudius. As the play begins the guards see a ghost which appears to look like King Hamlet Sr. The guards immediately agree that they must tell Hamlet what they saw.
He even contemplates suicide but his rational mind stops him from doing so. Hamlet is painfully aware that committing suicide will damn his soul to hell. Shortly after, Hamlet meets with the ghost of his father. The ghost of King Hamlet tells Hamlet that Claudius, the brother of King Hamlet, killed him. The ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his “most foul murder.” However, he warns Hamlet not to let revenge consume his mind.
“So excellent a king.” (Act 1, Scene 11, Line 149) this proves how much he wanted to be like him. Hamlet’s mother marriage with King Claudius, makes Hamlet upset because King Claudius was his father’s brother. “ Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole With juice of cursed hebona in a vial.” ( Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 61-62) Hamlet finds out that Claudius killed his father to take the throne when he talked with his father’s ghost. This gave reason to Hamlet to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet makes his first move against King Claudius by telling the actors to play a tragic play by which he can see King Claudius’s reaction.
In Hamlet, Hamlet senior ghost from the grave (purgatory) tells his son Hamlet, that he was poisoned by his brother Claudius and too seek revenge on the current throne holder. King Claudius does not ask for his son to be careful for his life but just want’s him to fulfill his own revenge he cannot carry out. This show’s how King Hamlet’s self centered character is not a supportive role to young Hamlet. In The Lion King however, King Mufasa returns as a ghost figure as well to tell his son Simba, to stay strong and return to pride-rock to rightfully take over his throne currently taken over by his murderous uncle Scar. Here shows King Mufasa care for his son Simba, and how he only wants him to mature and succeed.
Hamlet looses his life and Oedipus looses his vision. Hamlet; Prince of Denmark and son of the recently deceased King Hamlet is excluded from throne by his uncle Claudius and his uncle takes his sister-in-law to wife(Quennel&Johnson,1973). Hamlet believes that his father King Hamlet died of natural causes. However, ghost of King Hamlet appears in the middle of the night revealing the truth to Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother Claudius. And he wants Hamlet to take his revenge and to kill Claudius.