Hamlet Sane Analysis

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Hamlet’s Sanity Hamlet’s sanity has been a debatable topic since William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was first written. Many scholars have argued that Hamlet is insane after he meets the ghost in Act 1; however, many scholars believe that Hamlet is quite sane throughout the entire play, and he is just putting on an antic disposition. Antic means to play a joke on someone, and disposition means mood; therefore, antic disposition most nearly means to put on a fake mood to fool someone. This is exactly what Hamlet plans on doing after seeing the ghost “As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/ To put an antic disposition on” (1. 5. 188-189). Since Hamlet is putting on an antic disposition, he is clearly sane because no insane person would ever put…show more content…
“giving him a disguise that enables him to spy in a way that is not as suspicious as spying” (Corum 63). His antic disposition gives him a way to spy, and therefore he cannot be insane while trying to spy on Claudius, Polonius, and his other enemies. Hamlet is proven sane throughout the entire play because he is very coherent when he talks with his friends, he is foiled by Ophelia’s insanity, and he is sane throughout his dialogue. When speaking with his friends, Hamlet is very sane, but when speaking with people he thinks are his enemies, he is clearly not making any sense with his dialogue. In Act 2 scene 2, Hamlet is completely sane when talking with his friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He speaks very rationally with them and even makes a few jokes, and then he immediately turns to Polonius, on one occasion, and becomes incoherent, then…show more content…
Hamlet is clearly not insane during any part of Shakespeare’s play. Ernest Jones wrote “Shakespeare certainly never intended us to regard Hamlet as insane…” (130-131). Many scholars believe the same as Jones, and Hamlet’s sanity has been proven many times. Hamlet could not have been insane because he made too much sense in his speech and he acts completely sane around people he trusts. Henry Mackenzie also refers to Hamlet’s antic disposition as “counterfeited madness” (1095). Hamlet may have fooled Polonius very well but even he had doubts of Hamlet’s madness. “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” (2. 2. 215). Hamlet played his antic disposition very well, but in the end, everyone knows that Hamlet is truly

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