Ophelia's Insanity In Hamlet

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Hamlet and True Insanity Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet presents two different types of psychotic behaviors through the characters Hamlet and Ophelia, but only one character truly goes insane. Shakespeare utilizes this theme of madness to create dimensional characters through forming the question of whose insanity is real and which character is simulating it. Hamlet’s lunacy is applied to make it seem as if he does not know Claudius killed Hamlet Sr., and this escalates as the plot prolongs and becomes a significant part of the play. The cause of Ophelia’s insanity is not because of her father’s death alone; many characters pushed her to her wits end and indirectly caused her to commit suicide. Ophelia’s exotic behavior begins in Act Four…show more content…
“Maid” is a term with the connotation of being innocent young girls, but after Hamlet and Ophelia have sex she is no longer naïve. Ophelia continues singing and says, “Young men will do ‘t, if they come to ‘t; By Cock, they are to blame.” (209) She blames men for turning love into dissatisfaction, and that they only seek lust. “Quoth she, ‘Before you tumbled me, You promised me to wed’; He answers, ‘So would I ha’ done, by yonder sun, An thou hadst not come to my bed.’” (209) Ophelia says before they had sex that he promised to marry her, and his response was he would have married her if she had not gone to bed with him. Again Ophelia reiterates her disappointment, and it displays her loss of innocence. There are comments from other characters in the scene referring to Ophelia’s mindlessness, but her clarity through the lyrics is paradoxical. She enters later during the scene mentioning flowers that have a clear representation to other characters in the room. Inquiry is generated of whether or not Ophelia has lost her
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