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The Madness of Hamlet and Ophelia It was fascinating to look at how many characters in Shakespeares plays poked at the brink of insanity It seems to me the plays couldnt have been tragedies if this didnt happen In the plays we read important characters evolved into madness the plot thickened figures died and the tragedy prevailed It was really interesting to see how this series of events would be an ongoing theme in the Shakespearean plays Even though the same outcome was to be expected in his tragedies every story was different and each was equally suspenseful Hamlet was one of the many plays which called to my attention to this Shakespearean theme of madness the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia especially The characters interesting and philosophical representations bring up two important questions which I thought were important to think about Is Hamlet insane or not and Why does Ophelia go mad These questions are interesting to attempt to answer They start to unravel many mysteries about characters that have had so many different interpretations I think my interest in this subject originated from my group work Hamlet is also my favorite play out of Shakespeares work But in our project we studied two different film versions The Zeffirelli and Olivier versions were of a totally different era and their interpretations of Hamlet was just as dissimilar It amazed me how the play could be as effective by seeing Hamlet as two different people By answering these few questions I will better learn how the characters affected the story and why the tragedy ended like it did The Sanity of Hamlet Hamlets sanity is a major question in interpreting the play Hamlets inability to take revenge draws attention toward the uncertainty of his mental state Some critics view his sanity at a deeper sub-conscious level with self-destructive and sexual drives to explain his behavior While others see Hamlets undertones of incest
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