Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Pages: 2 (541 words) Published: May 7, 2013
In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, there are many situations that are enough to bring the character Hamlet to insanity. Although, there are arguments to whether or not he was actually insane. When a character such as Hamlet is under inspection, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what state he is in at particular moments in the play. In Ace IV, scene II, Hamlet’s day has been hectic. After Polonius’s death, he finally determines that Claudius has killed his father. The chance to kill Claudius challenges him, and he comes really close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father. Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius and finally, the ghost of his father comes to visit him. At this point, these situations create many reasons why Hamlet is believed to be insane. Hamlet reveals to his friends and to his mother his plans to pretend to be insane. He tells Horatio that he is going to “feign madness” and that if Horatio notices a strange behavior from him, it’s because he is putting on an act. In addition to his confessions, Hamlet’s madness only establishes itself when he is in the presence of certain characters. When Hamlet is around Polonius, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, he behaves crazily. When he is around Horatio, Bernardo, Francisco, the Players and the Gravediggers, he behaves sensibly. Some of the characters come to realize the Hamlet isn’t crazy. Claudius admits that even though Hamlet’s actions were strange, they didn’t come from the fact that he was crazy. Also, Polonius admits that Hamlet’s actions had a reason for coming about, and that they are logical in nature. Hamlet is also able to make smart remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern by comparing them to sponges. “When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.” This is very random, like many of his actions were, but the comparison makes sense. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ‘soak up’ all of the kings favors,...
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