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Tony McGown English IV AP 6 October 2000 Hamlets Sanity The question of the sanity of Shakespeares Hamlet has been argued for hundreds of years Shakespeares critics believe Hamlets portrayal of a madman is so convincing that his sanity is lost from the very sight of his fathers alleged ghost While it is true that Hamlet murdered his own uncle the cause for his malicious crime is the unarguable topic However Hamlet was completely sane otherwise he would have murdered Claudius his uncle earlier in the play and committed his pre-meditated suicide After Hamlet discovers the truth about his father he goes through a very distressing phase which is interpreted by readers and characters as madness With the death of his father and the hasty incestuous remarriage of his mother to his uncle Hamlet is thrown into a suicidal frame of mind that is he unable to escape Hamlet certainly displays some degree of mania and instability throughout much of the play but his madness is far too purposeful for one to assume that he actually loses his mind To every tragic hero belongs his tragic flaw In Hamlets case his irresoluteness and unconscious self-excuses result in his inability to wholly complete his revenge His inability to complete any task he sets out for is what proves Hamlets sanity throughout the play an insane person would have no conscience to delay Action would be swift and impulsive Hamlet however was melancholy Bradley defines melancholy as the melancholy once established displayed as one of its symptoms an excessive reflection on the required deed It is the state of being which kept him bound from doing anything The revelation of his mothers adultery and fathers murder demands him to arise and act Bradley 1 The time is out of joint O cursed spiteThat ever I was born to set it rightIiv210-11 Thus Hamlet sets for the rest of the play in a vain effort to make right
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