The Madness of Prince Hamlet Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Madness of Prince Hamlet
An analysis of the theme of Hamlet's madness in Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
# 37828 | 1,150 words | 3 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper demonstrates that the character of Hamlet was actually not insane and he was directed to commit the murder of his uncle by his father for purposes of revenge. The paper explores the manifestation of his father's ghost and Hamlet's treatment of Ophelia to provide evidence that Hamlet is an individual that pretends madness and is not insane.

From the Paper:

"The character of Hamlet is the crown prince of Denmark, whose father has been murdered within the past year. Following his father's death, Hamlets mother marries his father's brother, who becomes king instead of Hamlet. Hamlet, while angry over these circumstances, accepts them as mere bad fortune until his father's ghost appears and informs Hamlet that his death was murder at the hands of his brother. Hamlet is then informed that not only has the murderer usurped the throne, but he also attained the love of the queen, both crimes that should not go unpunished. Hamlet tells his father's ghost that he shall kill both his uncle Claudius and his mother Gertrude, yet the ghost tells him that vengeance shall be achieved only when Claudius dies and to spare Gertrude's life. From that point on, Hamlet pretends to be mad in order to bring about the death of his uncle, a process which he calls putting "[...] an antic disposition on". (Act 1, Scene V.)"

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