Essay on A Critical Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet

1132 Words Oct 1st, 1999 5 Pages
A Critical Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet

Dave Beaston

Hamlet. Is he an insane madman or a revengeful, scheming, genius? There are many conflicting ideas and theories on this subject, and hopefully this paper may be of some assistance in clearing up the confusion. The paper is divided into three separate analytic sections beginning with the beginning of
Hamlet's so called madness, and why it may have occurred. Next, is an analysis of why Hamlet delays revenging his father's death. To conclude the paper,
Hamlet's incestuous acts towards his mother are discussed, in William
Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the first act Hamlet seems to be in a perfectly sane state of mind throughout all five scenes. It is in the second scene
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But, in the back of Hamlet's mind, which keeps him in constant turmoil, is his loyalty to his family and moreover his father. Hamlet, in act four scene two, meets with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and he seems to be breaking down into insanity. Hamlet had just killed Polonius, and his two friends were questioning him as to where he placed the body of the dead man. The strange thing about this scene is that Hamlet seems to play with
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and does not give them a straight answer. Hamlet has practically transformed into a different person and doesn't seem to be completely sane. Next is another situation that cannot be totally explained. The situation being Hamlet's delays in avenging his father's death. The first that Hamlet learns of his father's death is in act one scene five, where he follows the ghost. Hamlet is told, by the ghost, that he (the ghost) is the soul of
Hamlet's father, and that he was murdered by Claudius. This all took place at the beginning of the play and Hamlet waited until the end of the play to get revenge for his father's murder. Then again there are different perspectives as to whether Hamlet waited until the end to actually gain revenge. For within the play there are many insinuations that Hamlet tortured Claudius all the way up until he