To be, or Not to be… Inasane

From what I have read so far from the Shakespearean play Hamlet, I seem to find the character of Hamlet the most controversial thing about the entire play.  Is he seeking retribution, justice, or revenge?  Is he good, bad, or nihilistic?  Is he SANE?

Hamlet indeed does show many signs of insanity.  He constantly walks about reading books, not paying any mind to his surrounding or to the objections of others.  He often rambles (seemingly) meaningless jabber to his family in colleagues.  He is prone to angry fits around others.  But is Hamlet really insane, or are things truly not as they seem?

Based on how I see the character, not all is as it seems.  Hamlet is far from without intelligence.  He has been attending a prestigious school up until present time, he often muses about the complex nature of humanity and the world around it in a philosophical manner, and even his seemingly insane rants are “pregnant” with seeds of truth, usually pertinent to the situation at hand.

In truth, it would seem as though Hamlet is merely acting insane to help distract from his current task: to kill Claudius for the sake of his father, who (based on how Shakespeare had written it), seems to be in need of redemption to escape Purgatory.  For the sake of justice, as well as the well being of his father’s soul, Hamlet must not be hasty in the committing of his horrid deed.

Insanity is often used as a guise in one of two ways:  to plea innocent by insanity if caught, or, more likely in Hamlet’s case, to make others think he is incapable of any well thought plans, such as homicide.  Either way, Hamlet has found a way to, so it would seem, escape with murder (seemingly).

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  1. This is a good post (you could post this on the Blogger site as well….)
    Your comment: “Insanity is often used as a guise in one of two ways: to plea innocent by insanity if caught, or, more likely in Hamlet’s case, to make others think he is incapable of any well thought plans, such as homicide. Either way, Hamlet has found a way to, so it would seem, escape with murder (seemingly).” is exactly how the law operated in Shakespeare’s time as well. But escape? How would he escape? He will either be hospitalized or jailed…you cannot have a prince running around killing people (well, maybe you can…lots of despots have done exactly that…)
    So you suggest waiting? Another two acts should be enough.

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  2. Where is your blogging technology???

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