Examples Of Insanity In Hamlet

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Insanity vs sanity in shakespeare's hamlet is questionable. There's different levels of sane and insane in this productions. There's “fake” crazy that is performed by hamlet, sadness crazy portrayed by ophelia, and guilt crazy portrayed by claudius. Now all this guilt and crazy is surrounded by death or is brought upon by death. Hamlet is going a little crazy over the death of his father and Ophelia the same, but as for claudius is it guilty conscience for killing his brother. Hamlet himself is the first one because his crazy is from the start. Now, there's two sides for this sword. The main question is, Is hamlet crazy? Heres evidence from act 1 sc 5 Hamlet had just had the conversation with the ghost. “How strange or odd some’er I bear myself…” Hamlet is telling Horatio that after this ghost encounter he is going to bear himself as crazy, but that's not actually him. Later into the play Hamlet counties to state he's not crazy. Especially in the fight he has with his mother in act three. The context is that Hamlet is trying to talk sense into his mom about claudius being a bad guy. Act 3 sc 4 “It is not madness That I have uttered. Bring me to the …show more content…
She began singing to herself and talking about visions she sees of her father's grave. Ophelia does not know that hamlet killed her father. Ophelia cries out in act 4 sc 5 “Oh heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt Burns out sense and virtue of mine eye!” Later still in act 4, but sc 7 Ophelia drowns. It is explained that she was in a tree and fell. The Queen though sheds some light on it which makes it appear as suicidal. “Her clothes spread wide, And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up, Which time she chanted snatches of lauds…” Showing that Ophelia was singing as she was slowly engulfed by water is a little on the insane side of things. This information of she chanting is vital in the scene with the grave