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James Owen5-3-00English British Literature Grade 12Hamlet PaperTo be Insane or not to be insaneIn the everyday world we deal with the problems of insanity and the benefits of sanity William Shakespeare shows these problems in old English times with one of his most famous plays Hamlet This tragic drama is of a man dealing with his fathers death and having to plan revenge against his uncle He puts on a faade of insanity so that the people around him dont know that he knows about his Uncle and his mothers treachery Hamlet is completely sane throughout the entire play Things that show that he is in his right mind are these He sees right through the faade that people put up He remembers his religious beliefs when he considers certain actions that would cause him to go to hell He KNOWS hes acting insane he plans every move that he makes Strangely enough some readers may believe that Hamlet is insane throughout the play They may say that he is insane because he killed Polonius Maybe theyll say that hes insane because he goes crazy on his mom and Ophelia Then again some may say he is insane because hes the only one who sees the ghost the second time in his moms room None of these reasons have enough evidence to prove the opinionsNo matter what people may say to defend that Hamlet is insane the truth is that he is not insane First of all he can see through the people that try to put on a front in his face For example when the King and Queen tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet he sees through them and knows that they were sent for by his Mom and Uncle You were sent forI know the good King and Queen have sent for you Act 2 scene 2 When he says this to them they admit that the King and
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