Insanity Is Not Insane By William Shakespeare

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There are many things that come to mind when someone says the word “insanity.” To some people, insanity means people that are living in an asylum. To others, insanity is those crazy exercise videos that cause tons of pain when you first start out. According to Psychology Today, insanity is a mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. To many people who have read the play, “Hamlet,” they believe Hamlet is insane. There are many different and valid reasons as to why people believe Hamlet is insane. Some of those reasons include seeing and speaking to ghosts, and how he acts around people. There are also many people that say Hamlet is not insane because of things that he says during the story. Some of those reasons are that Hamlet says that he is not insane throughout the whole play. The play starts with Hamlet coming home from college just to find out that his father died. As well as the finding out that his father has left the earth, he finds out that his mother remarried within two months to his uncle. He also finds that his uncle has wrongfully taken the throne that should be his. During the entirety of the play, Hamlet is betrayed by everyone that he should be able to trust. He was betrayed by his friends, family and the love of his life. After he finds all of this information after coming home from college, the ghost of…
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