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.
It is at this point in the play were [that] Hamlet finds out that his uncle murdered his father[.] [How does this paragraph relate to foils?] A foil to Hamlet is Laertes. Laertes who likes Hamlet [a sloppy error which sends the reader into wondering about homosexuality in the play] has returned to Elsinor because of King Hamlet’s death. Laertes is a young man whose good instincts have been somewhat unclear by the concern of his superficial [??????
True love is worth dying for, according to Romeo and Juliet. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the young couple falls in love. Juliet is a Capulet, Romeo is a Montague, and the families are sworn enemies. In the end they both commit suicide because they can’t be with each other. The main causes of Romeo and Juliet’s death are the friar, their own emotions, and their feuding families.
His morality is revealed when he questions Fortinbras’ motives – is it right to allow so many men to die when fighting for a worthless piece of land? Hamlet’s passion for revenge is resurrected by the sight of the troops and he vows to take action – ‘My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth.’ The state of Denmark is in chaos (because the wrong king is on the throne) and this manifests itself through the mini rebellion on the castle with the return of Laertes. Laertes is Hamlet’s best foil in the play. Now that each of them has a father to avenge the contrast between the pair reaches its peak. Laertes has no time for thoughts or moral reflection; he is hard set on revenge.
Hamlet in his first soliloquy demonstrates his disgust that his mother has allied herself in love and in politics with her late husband’s brother, so soon after his death, “frailty, thy name is woman... to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets”. Claudius is clearly established as the villain in Hamlet, murdering his own brother and then plotting to kill Hamlet. He lies and is deceitful toying with the notion that the appearance of things is not their reality. The audience is privy to the ‘reality’ of Claudius ‘deed’, and of his guilt, through an aside, climactically stating, “then is my deed to my most painted word. O heavy burden!”.
To all the house.” Macbeth is paranoid because he has just killed Duncan and thinks someone is going to catch him and find out about his plans. He is frightened and feels that he has done a dreadful thing and knows he cannot change it. When Donalbain says to Macbeth, "Where we are, there's daggers in men's smiles," he means that someone in the castle knows what happened and no one can be trusted. Macbeth has started his evil plan and cannot turn back. In Act 3 Scene 1 Banquo accuses Macbeth of having got the royal title in an unfair way when he says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for’t.” Now Banquo had accused Macbeth he felt he had to stop him from talking.
Hamlet becomes upset and goes mad when he sees it isn’t the king. After He kills Polonius, he started to yell at his mother and starts hurting her. This is when the ghost appears and Hamlet is the only one to see it. His mother thinks he is crazy. That is when she says, “Alas, he’s mad” (Act 3 sc 4 line 121) When his mother is killed accidently by the king, Hamlet realizes something is up.
To achieve this, his plan was to trick his father Gloucester into believing that Edgar wants to kill him. Edmund wrote a letter pretending to be Edgar outlining a plan for both sons to kill their father and share his lands between them. He continues to lie to his father when he cuts himself in the arm in order to impress him in the battle he ‘fought’ with Edgar earlier. In Act three Edmund says “This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke instantly know, and of that letter too. [...] That which my father loses – no less than all, the younger rises when the old doth fall: (3, 3, 19-23) after speaking to his father.
His uncontrollable anger causes him to take irrational steps, ultimately leading to his demise. Unfortunately, Laertes realizes his mistakes when it is too late to change them, which truly portrays his character as a symbolic tragic hero. When Laertes hears about the death of his father, he furiously leads an angry rebellion against the King, holding a threat to take over the kingdom. A messenger warns the King that: … young Laertes, in a riotous head, O’erbears your officers. The rabble call him “lord,” And, as the world were now but to begin, Antiquity forgot, custom not known, The ratifiers and props of every word, (They) cry “Choose we, Laertes shall be king!” (4.5.111-116) Without even stopping to consider other possible causes to the murder, Laertes assumes that the King is responsible for his father’s death.
To kill or not to Kill, Inaction in “Hamlet” and “The Things They Carried” leads to tragedy In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Tim Obrien’s “The things they carried” there is a common theme of inaction and acting in both; Hamlet and Lieutenant Cross are just acting out the daily routine resulting in indecision, which leads only to tragedy. Both men are trying to escape from a reality that does not co-exist with their own thought process; resulting in a sense of insanity. The story of Hamlet involves the murder of Hamlet, King of Denmark, by his brother Claudius, who then assumes the throne and marries his brother's widow, Queen Gertrude. Young Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost, who demands that his son avenge his murder. In order to prevent Hamlet from revealing the truth about the old King's death, Claudius tries to have Hamlet killed.