Hamlet Is Not Insane By William Shakespeare

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Prince Hamlet is not insane. Though at times his actions make one question whether or not that statement is true, Hamlet is only trying to cope with the harsh reality of his father’s ghost appearing to him, asking for him to seek revenge on his behalf. With so much being asked of Hamlet it’s reasonable why he feels and expresses himself the way he does. Everyone copes with harsh situations differently and its human nature to respond exactly how Hamlet has, by finding the miniscule amount of hope within a tragedy. If Hamlet was truly insane his friends and family members would have detected this way before any family incident had occurred not after his date of death. Although everyone in this play is truly convinced of this, he is simply pretending in order to successfully revenge his father’s death and execute his elaborate plans. As Hamlet was talking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, He tells them, “I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw,” (II, ii, 368-369). This is a prime indication that Hamlet is in fact not insane, he is aware of his surroundings and all of that around him. The definition of insanity is acting foolish without being completely coherent of your doings. Hamlet clearly recognizes what is acceptable in society and what is not; he just does not mind others and the opinions that come along with them. Hamlet is very much coherent of his actions and by him making this abundantly clear, it shows that he is
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