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An Analysis of Hamlet's Sanity Supported through His Relation to Ophelia and Edgar's Relation to Lear in Two Plays by William Shakespeare: Hamlet and King Lear
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Hamlet Method in the Madness Method in the Madness Hamlets Sanity Supported Through HisRelation to Ophelia and Edgars Relation to Lear In both Hamlet and King Lear Shakespeare incorporates a theme ofmadness with two characters one truly mad and one only actingmad to serve a motive The madness of Hamlet is frequentlydisputed This paper argues that the contrapuntal character ineach play namely Ophelia in Hamlet and Edgar in King Lear actsas a balancing argument to the other characters madness orsanity King Lears more decisive distinction between Learsfrailty of mind and Edgars contrived madness works to betterdefine the relationship between Ophelias breakdown and Hamlets north-north-west brand of insanity Both plays offer a characteron each side of sanity but in Hamlet the distinction is not asclear as it is in King Lear Using the more explicit relationshipin King Lear one finds a better understanding of the relationshipin HamletWhile Shakespeare does not directly pit Ophelias insanity orbreakdown against Hamlets madness there is instead a cleardefinitiveness in Ophelias condition and a clear uncertainty inHamlets madness Obviously Hamlets character offers moreevidence while Ophelias breakdown is quick but more conclusivein its precision Shakespeare offers clear evidence pointing toHamlets sanity beginning with the first scene of the playHamlet begins with guards whose main importance in the play is togive credibility to the ghost If Hamlet were to see his fathersghost in private the argument for his madness would greatlyimprove Yet not one but three men together witness the ghostbefore even thinking to notify Hamlet As Horatio says being theonly of the guards to play a significant role in the rest of the play Before my God I might not this believe Without thesensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes Ii56-8 Horatiowho appears frequently throughout the play acts as anunquestionably sane alibi to Hamlet again when framing the Kingwith his reaction to the play That Hamlet speaks to the ghost alone detracts somewhat from its credibility but all the men
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