The Question of Madness in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
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The Question of InsanityMadness can be regarded as a central motif in the literary work. What the reader has to do is to grasp the difference between analyzing the issue of insanity in Hamlet as a hero and madness generally in the literary work.
Arguments Regarding the Question of InsanityThere are numerous arguments that one can make while reading the play. Some of the most popularly voiced are the following:
- Hamlet is undoubtedly mad This one is not the commonest argument that might be developed in the essay, as it would not guarantee that you will write a well-developed and coherent paper with sufficient word count limit. Usually, when you take such position while writing your essay, there is not much to write and analyze.
- Hamlet is far from being insane, but his behavior is merely affectation When providing such claim in an essay, the writer needs to support his/ her argument and justify it. Besides, the writer needs to provide motivations for Hamlet’s behavior and analyze them.
- Hamlet is not actually insane On the contrary: some other person (or people) is making everything possible to picture him as a mad man.
You might want to answer the following questions in your paper:
- How exactly is Hamlet’s behavior under control? Under whose control?
- Is he being pushed to the limits?
Is He being Poisoned?All in all, as you see, one is free to develop any argument he/ she can support and justify. There is no definite answer to the question of madness in Hamlet. So, when writing your own paper, be as convincing as possible.