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The Darkness of Insanity Insanity is an ever growing black hole which envelopes the pitiful mind of the its victim The mental condition of Hamlet has been well debated throughout the years even though in Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet does admit that his madness is an elaborate scheme Many see this fact as a way to discredit the idea of Hamlets insanity but one should also take into consideration the amount of proven psychopaths who constantly admit to their sanity Through his actions and emotions prevalent through the play Hamlet does indeed prove his insanity despite his denial of it It is quite obvious that Hamlet possesses a troubled mind resulting from a gross state of melancholy which later leads to him becoming disillusioned Another fact to strengthen the idea of his insanity is his treatment of his beloved girlfriend Ophelia and his loving mother Gertrude One might find it difficult to ponder the thought of any sane person denouncing their love for their lover without showing the slightest hint of sadness However Hamlet does perform this wicked deed The protagonists mind is also filled with enough incestuous thoughts of his very own mother to disturb the audience The most troubling and powerful piece of evidence to prove his insanity is that he does not feel the slightest twinge of guilt nor the smallest sliver of remorse after he murders three innocent bystanders in cold blood The human conscience is what separates humans from animals because humans have the ability to question evil deeds such as murder yet Hamlets conscience remains untouched after the murders of three people The lack of guilt should be proof enough that Hamlets mind is convoluted Throughout the play Hamlet continuously shows characteristics that are closely related to madness One of the more prominently shown characteristic is depression which is also known to psychiatrists as the gateway to insanity The depression caused by the murder of his father runs rampant
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