Theme Of Madness In Hamlet

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“Madness is like gravity all it takes is a little push,”-Joker. In Hamlet madness starts out small then it completely consumes which is displayed in the characters throughout Hamlet. All it takes is an opportunity to push the Hamlet characters to complete madness.

The first time madness is displayed in Hamlet is when Claudius kills the king of Denmark, Hamlet’s father and Claudius’ brother, and marries the now dead kings wife and takes his place as the king of Denmark. Hamlet finds that his out father’s death wasn’t accidental and who killed him when his father ghost tells him. “But know, that noble youth, the serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown,” (Act 1 scene 5 line 39-40.) What the quote is saying is that
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His nephew, Hamlet, slowly gets consumed with madness too. After his father is murdered he goes into a state of depression, until he learns that his father was murdered by his uncle. He then pretends to be mad for most of the play to try and figure out if his father’s ghost was telling the truth about his death. During the time he pretends to be mad he accuses him mother, the queen of Denmark, of why she would marry Claudius as reveals the truth about her husband’s death. “A bloody deed? Almost as bad as, good mother, as kill a king and marry his brother,” (Act 3 scene 4 line 29-30.” During this scene he murders an innocent Polonius and shouts violently at his mom during most of the scene. This was one of his first times he displayed madness. Even though he was pretending to be mad before, which is what his mother assumed was why he was having an outburst, he really had become consumed with madness about the whole situation of his mom, uncle, and his father’s death.

Ophelia is a good example of madness is Hamlet. She goes mad because of several reasons. The main one being is that Hamlet pretends to be mad and rejects Ophelia. After already being deeply hurt from being rejected she learns that Hamlet kills her father Polonius. “How, now a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead.” (act 3 scene 4 line

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