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Hamlet: Sane or Insane? That is the Question.

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Miranda Scalfaro

on 28 March 2011

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Transcript of Hamlet: Sane or Insane? That is the Question.

Sane or Insane?
That is the Question. Reasons Why Hamlet is Sane Reasons Why Hamlet is Insane Definition of Insanity:
Hamlet is not the only person who sees the ghost

Horatio and the guards see the ghost of Hamlet's father, too "His madness, whether real or feigned, was an excess of sanity" Hamlet was constantly aware of his own mental processes excessive use of logic It is all part of his plan to seek revenge on Claudius extremely clever "To put an antic
disposition on" the ghost not insane,
just traumatized. his father just died
first tragic event in his life
mother remarried
uncle killed his father it's all part of the plan "to put an antic disposition on" had nothing to do with his mental state, but everything to do with his rational personality needs proof of Claudius' guilt if he pretends to be insane, no one will be suspicious of his behavior towards Claudius character foils the use of secondary characters to show Hamlet's sanity Ophelia intelligence plan
always conscious of his mental state
analytical philosophical and moral references remains calm in high stress situations mental illness of such a severe nature that a person:
- cannot distinguish fantasy from reality
- cannot conduct his/her affairs due to psychosis
- is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior Displacement defense mechanism used against Ophelia
taking out his anger regarding Gertrude on Ophelia
Hamlet refuses to further his family line because of all of the betrayal
he has faced with his mother Gertrude.
"Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners"
Ophelia thinks that Hamlet is Mad "To be or not to be"
In this soliloquy, Hamlet questions
whether or not he should exist. He is overwhelmed
with the thoughts of suicide and this shows his side of
depression Sigmund Freud Freud believed that Hamlet's insanity
came from the neglected love of
his mother Gertrude.
The Oedipus complex- an instinctual
desire for a child to have the parent of the opposite
sex and the want to get rid of the parent who has
the same sex. PROOF OF INSANITY
The Murder of Polonius shows
Hamlet to be acting irrationally when he
decides to stab through the curtain and has
no idea who is behind it.
Paranoid Schizophrenia Hamlet exhibits symptoms of this disorder
Auditory Hallucinations
Suicidal Thoughts What Psychologist think about Hamlet's instability Hamlet can be somewhat psychotic at times but other times he is fully aware of what he is doing
Theodore Lidz- Hamlet can be episodically mad-with his breaks with reality in his anguish and disillusionment. Critical Thinking Wouldn't you go mad if the people around you seemed to be okay with the idea of your father being murdered by your uncle with your mother as an accomplice? Then to find your mother and uncle marrying in less than 2 months of your father being dead?
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