Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Is Hamlet insane? This question has been discussed over and over again. Before looking at reasons why Hamlet is just pretending to be insane, one has to step and look at what has happened to Hamlet. In the recent times he has lost his father, the king of Denmark. His mother remarried almost immediately to his uncle.
Madness is an act of extremely foolish behavior. All types of people become mad over all sorts of things. People go mad about the smallest things to the biggest things. So the kid is upset and feels like he was punishes because their parents do not know what they are. Throughout the play were are able to get a greater understanding of who Hamlet really is.
In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, as the play progresses Hamlet portrays himself as going insane. However, I believe that in reality Hamlet is really just acting as if he was insane to deter attention from his plot to kill Claudius, his father's murderer. For instance, at the very beginning of the play when Hamlet, Horatio, his good friend, and Marcellus see the ghost of Hamlet's father Hamlet makes them both swear that they will not tell anyone about the ghost. I, v, In this quote Hamlet is telling his friends that if he starts to act weird or insane in the near future they should not be alarmed because he is merely acting.
He was correct by thinking Hamlet had a plan, yet he was wrong about why. Informational pieces to explain his true sanity include, why Hamlet would feign madness, admitting his sanity, and only acting insane around certain characters. If Claudius is capable of murdering his own brother, he would have no guilt in killing Hamlet. By acting crazy, Hamlet saves his own life.