Shakespeare's Hamlet: Hamlet is Perfectly Sane Essay

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Hamlet is Perfectly Sane

"I will be brief. Your noble son is mad," states Polonius (II, ii, 91) . Ophelia exclaims, "O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!" (III, i, 153). "Alas, he's mad," concludes Gertrude (III, iv, 106). Claudius even instructs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to escort Hamlet to England because "it [is not] safe with us/To let his madness range" (III, iii, 1-2). Essentially, each supporting character questions Hamlet's sanity, and most conclude he is indeed mad.

General consensus can justify almost all actions in most societies. As for sanity, if authorities believe you are insane then you "are" insane; your personal commentary is often not heeded and is dismissed. Hamlet's environment proves no
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[The only other character who has a line surrounding Hamlet's claim is Horatio, who comments "O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!"] (I, v, 164). Is Horatio questioning Hamlet's "strange" behavior? Furthermore, the ghost appears once more in the play, during the scene between Gertrude and Hamlet. In this episode only Hamlet sees or hears the Ghost; Gertrude sees no such apparition. She insists, "all that is I see" (III, iv,132).

Beholding supernatural beings that no one else sees or hears usually is a strong case for insanity, but Hamlet provides much more material. Hamlet consistently responds to direct questions with indirect and seemingly irrelevant answers. He also has trouble on numerous occasions following simple logic presented by obviously intellectually inferior characters, notably Polonius. The following conversation illustrates both mannerisms:

Polonius: My lord, I have news to tell you

Hamlet: My lord, I have news to tell you. When/Roscius was an actor in Rome

Polonius: The actors are come hither, my lord.

Hamlet: Buzz, buzz.

Polonius: Upon my honor-

Hamlet: Then came each actor on his ass- (II, ii, 398-404)

In one instance, Hamlet does not even recognize Polonius and
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