The reason for this is simple, Hamlet is not mad but rather he just pretends to be mad in order express his feelings and think of ways to gain information about Cladius and the murder of his father.. In which Claudius poisoned his father to become king. Hamlet is sane from the moment the play begins to the moment he dies. He just wants people to think he has gone mad so they dont find his behavior suspicious, but there are instances when he goes over board. At the beginning of Hamlet, before Hamlet is told by the ghost that Claudius killed his father, Hamlet is broken up over his father’s death, and the marriage of his mother and Claudius his uncle.. “The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” At this time he doesn’t show any signs of madness, only sorrow.
The context of Hamlet leaves enough evidence to prove that Hamlet was sane and only pretended to be mad. The first time that the reader sees Hamlet, he is distraught due to his father’s death and the marriage of the Queen and Claudius, Hamlet’s mother and his father’s murderer. Hamlet describes his thoughts by saying, “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God!
Hamlet’s uses antic disposition as a tactic to uncover the truth behind his father’s death which leads the reader into believing that Hamlet is truly insane. However, the truth of it all is that it is an act of foolishness to distract others into believing that he is mentally ill. Through the use of character Hamlet proves himself as a strategic thinker by congregating solid evidence that is pointing towards Claudius being guilty of performing an act of violence. Hamlet begins to question the presence of the ghost as he states, “The spirit that I have seen/ May be the devil: and the devil hath power/ To assume a pleasing shape” (II, ii, 596-597). The act of logical thinking demonstrates that Hamlet did not act hastily and commit a sin after witnessing his father’s spirit.
Hamlet assumes that Claudius is repenting for killing King Hamlet, as he is in a praying position. Shakespeare reveals that Hamlet does not kill Claudius in this scene because he wants to send Claudius to hell. Hamlet’s inaction at the end of this scene suggests little moral integrity, as the intent behind his inaction is certainly dark and cruel and overshadows his ‘noble’ characteristics until this point in the play. This makes the audience’s pathos towards his indecisive, tormented character decrease and increase towards the antagonist, Claudius, since he is portrayed to be very regretful, vulnerable in his soliloquy. Shakespeare carefully stages and dictates the entrance and exit of Hamlet in this scene to optimise the dramatic irony of the situation.
When Hamlets father's apparition appeared before him he was giving a task to kill his uncle, so it would be involuntary wrath. At the same time Hamlet had to follow through with the murder of his uncle out of pride. Throughout the story of Hamlet he proves himself on a far superior intellect than anyone else in the play, mostly Polonius, he Hamlet confuses Polonius "Let her not walk I' the sun. Conception is a blessing, but not as your daughter may conceive. Friend, look to 't.
He could have prevented his downfall if it wasn’t for his tragic flaw. Another reason Hamlet is a classic example of Shakespearean tragedy is because it incorporates the idea of catharsis. Aristotle defined catharsis as the purging of the emotions of fear and pity. In the play, Claudius has the emotion of fear because he is afraid of Hamlet knowing that he killed his father. Claudius knows that Hamlet is capable of killing him.
Hamlet also expresses the possibilities that the ghost could have been the devil. Although hamlet gets upset with himself he believes that the play he arranged would display Claudius’ guilt and then he will know for sure he killed his father. This reveals to the audience that Hamlet is a procrastinator and he is a coward. In Hamlet’s fifth soliloquy he contemplates the idea of suicide, he suggests that maybe the only reason we choose life is because we know so little about death other than it Is final. After contemplation Hamlet decides not to take his own life.
Hamlet is a moral and intelligent man, he is aware of what is right and wrong and it is due to this morality that he delays the murder of Claudius and ended the cycle of revenge. After conversing with the ghost of his own father, Hamlet already devises a plan to kill Claudius in order to fulfill the ghost’s wishes to get revenge. However, much time passes throughout the play when Hamlet could have taken his revenge but he has yet to complete the deed. He admits he may have been deceived by the ghost when he says, "The spirit that I have seen / May be a devil, and the devil hath power / T' assume a pleasing shape (II:ii, 627-629). Hamlet delays the murder of his uncle due to the doubt he has in the validity of the information provided by the ghost.
Felix Cole English 10 H Monica Espinasse Barbed Words Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet evokes a world where a nation can be seen as a diseased body and language can be used as a lethal weapon. Madness, defined in the dictionary as, “engaging in actions that are senseless or foolish”, is an issue that multiple characters deal with throughout the play. Many would say that Hamlet’s actions are very irrational, but everything he says and does eventually helps him achieve his desires. Despite how things seem Hamlet is an intelligent character who ultimately is in his right mind. The death of one’s father and a ghostly visitation thereafter are events that would challenge the sanity of anyone.
Significance of Hamlet In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it is said that Hamlet himself has no direct impact on the story as it progresses. Hamlet’s motives have obviously been misunderstood as he causes various key moments to occur. He provokes King Claudius with his play, “The Mouse Trap,” incites Laertes by killing his father, and maliciously plans Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s death. Prince Hamlet lets the theory of King Hamlet’s murder by reenacting the supposed killing on stage. If Hamlet’s hypothesis proves to be true, then King Claudius should exhibit some sort of reaction.