Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare's most famous an controversial plays. There is much debate on whether Hamlet was truly mad or not. We will first examine his inner personal struggles on coping with his father's death and the ghost he encounters. Second, we will take a look at Hamlet's relationships and interactions with his friends and lover, to determine Hamlet's sanity. It is obvious that Hamlet is deeply grieving the death of his father, and not given enough time to mourn. In less than two months, he must deal with the fact that his mother is married to his uncle, who is of extremely close relation. He wonders whether the Queen ever truly loved his father by marrying someone so soon, and so unlike his father in greatness and respect. Hamlet states,“...She married. Oh most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! … -Married with my uncle, my father's brother, but no more like my father than I to Hercules...” ( 1.2.150-55). He remembers his father's love for his mother, “That he might not between the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth, must I remember?...” (1.2.140). Hamlet can't stop thinking of the past. He is so angry with his mother that he even implies that a beast would have mourned longer. Later his friends explain that they have seen his father's ghost. Hamlet talks to the ghost and finds out that his father was murdered by Hamlet's uncle. Poison was poured into his ear while he was sleeping. Hamlet questions whether the ghost is good or evil, and what it's intentions are. “...The spirit that I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps out of my weakness and melancholy, as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds more relative to this. The plays the thing wherein I catch the conscience of

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