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Hamlet’s Insanity
Nora Ephron, an America author, once said, “Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy” (www.brainyquotes.com). William Shakespeare, the Prince of Denmark, writes an interesting play called Hamlet. People have taken sides on whether or not Hamlet, the main character, crazy or not. I believe that Hamlet acts on impulse about any of the consequences, which makes him insane. Murdering others, thinking about suicide and somehow seeing ghosts all bring up different conclusions about his sanity. Hamlet is in fact crazy throughout most of the play, lacking remorse in Polonius’s death, seeing his father’s ghost, while losing his own grip when Ophelia takes her own life.

After Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius he feels absolutely no regret or remorse in one bit of his body. Polonius is planning to eavesdrop on the Queen’s and her son’s conversation hoping to figure out why Hamlet has been acting bizarre. Hamlet realizes someone is behind the arras, and the Queen thinks it’s Claudius and yells “how now! a rat?”(III.iv). Hamlet, by drawing his sword and powerfully stabbing it through the tapestry while hoping it is the King. Gertrude, the Queen, asks Hamlet what he has done. Hamlet replies by saying “Nay, I know not:/Is it the King?”(III.iv). Gertrude tells Hamlet Stone 2 that his insane act was “rash and bloody”. He tries switching the subject by bringing guilt onto the Queen by saying “it was almost as rash and bloody as murdering a King and marrying his brother”(III.iv). Hamlet never admits to his wrongdoings. He lifts up the arras and sees Polonius’s body. He has no regret and calls Polonius an “intruding fool”. Once again he is blaming someone else for a mistake he has made. Hamlet has no heart if he can kill someone and not feel guilty....

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