Hamlet Pleads Sane

650 WordsFeb 6, 20133 Pages
Hamlet Pleads Sane William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is considered to be a great tragedy in the eyes of many. In the play, the protagonist, Hamlet, is on a quest to avenge the death of his father. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is upset that his mother married his uncle, Claudius, only two months after his father’s death. As the story progresses, Hamlet is confronted by King Hamlet’s ghost. The ghost informs Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius. When the ghost asks Hamlet to seek revenge for his murder, Hamlet takes on the task whole-heartedly. Hamlet’s actions, in the first half of the play, are rooted in revenge and anger, not madness. I can prove he is not crazy and acts as a normal human, out of curiosity.…show more content…
Hamlet’s interest in the ghost of his father is driven by his need to unveil his father’s killer, not that of man who is losing touch with reality. Though these are the reasons why Hamlet follows the ghost, it is also believed in Elizabethan era that when a ghost appears something is going wrong. As the play progresses, Hamlet admits to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that although he is acting like a raving lunatic, he still knows and understand what he is doing. This is revealed when Hamlet implies, “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hack from a handsaw” (2.2.376-377). In other words, Hamlet knows that they have been sent by Claudius to spy on him. This tells us that Hamlet is not crazy, but is acting to reveal the truth of his father’s death because he wants to find whether or not Claudius is the killer without any interference and suspicion on him. Though there are plenty of times that Hamlet appears to be mad, there are many logical explanations behind his actions. Hamlet acts out of anger and revenge, but he is not crazy. To this emotion Hamlet’s interest in finding information regarding the death of King Hamlet, grows as a result of the ghost apparition. Hamlet’s façade as a madman proves to be a successful means of uncovering the truth about Claudius because it allows him to devise his plan for revenge in peace. So in my opinion Hamlet is not
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