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Hamlets Temporary Insanity William Shakespeares Hamlet is a tragic story of a young prince who goes mad after his fathers death and the related events In the story his Uncle who then usurps the throne to which Hamlets father had previously occupied kills Hamlets father Hamlet is pushed to temporary insanity because of the conflict between his morals and the morals of society The morals in question are those of whether or not it is moral to kill out of revenge of a loved one This paper will examine the conflict between Hamlets and societys moral beliefs as well as Hamlets brief respite into insanity Hamlet has a clear set of morals above those of the society around him Hamlets differences in the moral standards of his society are exemplified by the events that follow his fathers death The apparent state of immorality within the royal household as shown by Cladius drunkenness and Laertes anxiety to return to the fleshpots of Paris is a small glimpse of the world as a whole Wadsworth To succeed in his effort to remain sane Hamlet must subdue that element of society which is part of his own personality and which is reflected in Horatio The shock of his fathers death followed by his being passed up for the throne his mothers casual acceptance of her husbands death and her over hasty marriage serve to heighten Hamlets awareness of the lacking morals of society along with the his higher standards in morals Wadsworth Hamlets breaking point in mental stability occurs in Act III when he goes on a rampage His resistance to temptation is bought at a terrible price it is cause of the temporary insanity which afflicts him in Act III when he needlessly kills Ophelias father This event is the one of the lowest points in Hamlets sanity and occurs at time when Hamlet is under the severest emotional stress Aichinger Secondly when
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