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Hamlet. 'to Be Insane Or Not To Be Insane That Tis The Question'

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'To Be Insane or Not To Be Insane That Tis The Question'With in Hamlet, Shakespeare gives a psychological dimension to the thouoghts andactions of each of his characaters, exspecially hamlet. Shakespeare gives the reader anindepth look into the mind of Hamlet. If shakespeare had not given the reader the complexpsychological state of Hamlet, then yes one could say Hamlet was insane, but Shakespearedid. He made sure that there was an explanation, logical reason for all of his actions.Hamlet, at the very least was sane. In the play Hamlet was percieved as being mad, butthere was a just cause. The symbolic meaning of Hamlet's actions are the underliningmeaning for his unconscious motivation ...view middle of the document...

... to die - tosleep No more. (Sc.I 65)Here we can see Hamlet debating with his inner self. Should I exsist or not? ShouldI sleepor not. Hamlet argues with his inner consious on the fact that if he should die and leave histroubles or live and fight his troubles. this is not to be classified as maddness, for hechallenges his self for life, not an imaganery person. Hamlet does an unconscious analsys onhimself. This only proves that he has built up rage which he lets out in a form of internaldebate instead of taking it out on someone else like Claudious.In act three scene two, Hamlet proves that he has a mind of a genious not amaddman. He has the players act out a play, where they pantomine with a plot similar to thecircumstances of Claudius' murder of Hamlet's father. He also has them do the poison scene.this is Hamlet's most cunning thing he has done through our the whole play. He lets the kingand his mother know that he too knows what went done that dreadful day when his fatherwas killed.In the first act Hamlet specifically shows his disgust and rage for the marriage of his motherto Cladious the king. Hhamlet tells his mother:Tis not above my inky cloak, goodmother, Nor customary suits of solemnblack, Nor windy suspiration of forced brevity. No, nor the fruitful riverin the eye ( Act ISc. II 82)Here Hamlet demonstrates his rage by saying that his mother did not wear black or cry longfor his departed father. Here the reader can see the beginning of the Oedipus comlex.Hamlet hating his new father, yet still loving his mother even though she was part of the plotto kill his father. Many scholars have said,'If Hamlet had performed his resolution to kill the king then...

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