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Hamlet Fever Chart

AP English Project Hamlet Fever Chart
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Luciana Noronha

on 1 February 2013

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Hamlet Fever Chart Insane?! Sane?! Act 1 "For they are actions that a man might play.
But I have that within whichpasses show,
These but trappings and the suits of woe".
(I.ii. 84-86) A) Hamlet is having a sane reaction to his father's murder. He is feeling grief, very normal. Act 1 “How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!”
(II.ii. 137-138) B) Hamlet is still sane, but he goes up the chart of insanity when he mentions that after his father's death everything lost it's meaning. (Possible suicide) Act 1 "Frailty, thy name is woman!-/ A little month... A beast... would have mourn'd longer".
(I.i. 148-153) C) Hamlet is completely distressed about the fact that his mother only waited a month before she re-married. Not only did Gertrude forget his father, but she married his brother Claudius. Act 1 “Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial, fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there”
(I. iv.105-108) D) Hamlet promises to his father's ghost (insane by itself) that he will forget all his memories and his life to focus in his revenge of killing Claudius. Act 2 “’Twas Aeneas’ tale to Dido and thereabout of it, especially where he speaks of Priam’s slaughter.”
(II. ii, 471-473) A) Hamlet is obsessed with murder, it shows an increased level of insanity. His revenge on Claudius is quite clear to him when he thinks of murder. Act 2 "The play 's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king".
(II.ii. 566-567) B) Hamlet is using his sanity and intelligence to plan his revenge on the new king. He plans to use a play with his father's death to discover whether or not Claudius murdered King Hamlet. Act 2 "You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal—except my life, except my life, except my life."
(II.ii.205-207) C) Hamlet claims that all that is important to him is his life, but the reason why he lived was for revenge, so that's not very sane. Act 2 "I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw."
(II.ii.402-403) D) Hamlet states that he only is crazy sometimes, deliberately. He also claims that he is sane and is in control of his actions, showing great sanity. He is going to act insane for his revenge. Act 2 "I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle: I’ll observe his looks; I’ll tent him to the quick. If he do blench, I know my course."
(II.ii.623-627) E) Hamlet plans deliberately a scheme to find out if his uncle Claudius murdered his father by having a play arranged to act out how Hamlet believes Claudius murdered his father. This goes up the chart of insanity because a ghost told Hamlet what happened to King Hamlet, was it real? Act 3 “To be or not to be – that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And, by opposing, end them”
(III.i. 64-68) A) Hamlet goes up the chart of insanity when he starts to question whether to live or to die. He is contemplating suicide, "Get thee to a nunnery, go. Farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go, and quickly too. Farewell."
(III.i. 138-142) Act 3 B) Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery, he assumes that all women will do the same as his mother did. All women will be deceitful. This moves Hamlet up the chart of insanity and hints that Hamlet did not love Ophelia. Act 3 ""I have heard of your paintings too, well enough. God has given you one face and you make yourselves another."
(III.i.144-146). C) Hamlet again show his distrust on women and goes up again in the chart of insanity. He acts paranoid and disregards Ophelia's love. Act 3 “Lady, shall I lie in your lap?”
(III.ii. 119) E) Hamlet shows increased insanity by being civil to Ophelia when before he was acting rude and was telling her to disappear from his life. "Oh, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. Good night—but go not to mine uncle’s bed. Assume a virtue if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devil, is angel yet in this: That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery
That aptly is put on"
(III.iiii.160-167) Act 3 D) Hamlet tells Gertrude to say away from his uncle. He claims that doing evil is going to generate evil and once you do it very often, it becomes a habit. However, Hamlet goes up the chart of insanity because he does not realize that he has been doing evil recently with Ophelia, Gertrude and plotting to murder his uncle. Act 4 "The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body.
The king is a thing—"
(IV. i. 25-26) A) Hamlet is playing games after he killed Polonius and does not want to reveal the location of the body. It goes up the chart of insanity because he killed the father of the woman he loved and now he doesn't even want to inform where Polonius' body is. He killed a man and doesn't regret it, very insane. Act 4 "Not where her eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service-two dishes but to one table. Thats the end." (IV.iii. 21-26) B) Hamlet is insulting Polonius and the king. Not only does he leaves Polonius to rot, but he claims the King will meet the same destiny. Quite insane. Act 4 "In heaven. Send hither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i' th' other place yourself. But if indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby."
(IV. iii. 34-37) C) Hamlet is hinting to Claudius that he will meet the same destiny as Polonius and that he should look for him in heaven. Hamlet is indicating that he will get his revenge on his father's murderer. Act 4 "Oh, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth! "
(IV. iv. 64-65) D) Hamlet claims that he will ignore all his thoughts that are not violent. That is the peak of his insanity chart. Act 5 "I'll do't. Dost (thou) come here to whine? To outface me with leaping in her grave? Be buried quick with her, and so will I."
(V. i. 294-296) A) Hamlet is starting to regain his sanity as he shows affection for the woman he claimed to love. However, he is still insane as he hugs a dead woman that he claimed to love but he mistreated Ophelia in Scene 3. “But I am very sorry, good Horatio, That to Laertes I forgot myself, For by the image of my cause I see The portraiture of his.”
(V. ii. 80-83) Act 5 B) Hamlet is showing more sanity and clarity as he feels sorry for loosing control with Laertes.
Act 5 "Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. "
(V.ii.246).
C) Hamlet admits that he was mad, showing clarity and sanity. Act 5 "Now cracks a noble heart. good night, sweet prince, and flights of angles sing thee to thy resting place"
(V,ii,374) D) Horatio claims that Hamlet was a good man and a good player among others, which is what Hamlet was. Thesis Hamlet showed moments of insanity and madness, but he was a good man that was dealing with insane circumstances. His father was murdered by his uncle and his mother married his uncle. Hamlet was only trying to cope with the circumstances he was in.
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