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This paper explains that the question of Hamlet's sanity in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is complex and encompasses various themes within the work, such as what seems to be is often not what it really is, which is a theme often used by Shakespeare, as in "Macbeth". The author points out that Ophelia's main function in the play is to be used as a distinct reference to see clearly what insanity is and to stand in comparison with what Hamlet is acting out. The paper concludes that Shakespeare wanted Hamlet to be an ordinary real man living under extraordinary circumstances; therefore, Shakespeare showed (1) what transpires in Hamlet's very soul with human flaws of indecision and being unable to cope completely with the surmounting odds and (2) how, during this process, this man grows and learns the answer to the question "to be or not to be" is just "let be".
From the Paper:"So why aren't these men thought mad to have seen a ghost, since Hamlet is declared mad for seeing his father's ghost? The ghost was real. Shakespeare often uses ghosts, like in "Julius Ceasar", when Brutus is visited by the ghost of Ceasar, Banquo's ghosts in "Macbeth" at the banquet, and "Richard III" when the king sees the ghosts of his victims. These ghosts have different functions in each of these plays, but, in "Hamlet", the ghost is a catalyst for action, asking for revenge, but since the ghost appears at the beginning, the ghost is a type of prologue device."
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"Hamlet" (2006, June 07) Retrieved January 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/hamlet-66332/
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