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Transcript of Hamlet

A Play of Madness, Revenge, and Morality
Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Had a happy home and life
o Random killing rampage
Corruption of what happened-> thought his mom was his sister and his grandparents were his parents
Deceit from those you trust
Not insane because he was in touch with what was happening and was even meticulous
Took almost 15 years and around 100 murders to finally execute him
Had a good future in politics and had a girlfriend

Hamlet had a happy home too
Upset about the remarrying, but he would have gotten over it if the ghost did not come and tell him of the corruption
Deceit of his family
Was normal at home and at school, randomly “chose” to act crazy
He still felt bad for his actions, lamented that he unintentionally killed Ophelia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Published: November 30, 2012
Model Convicted of Killing His Lover
• Seabra was not insane when he murdered the man
It was out of rage that he killed Castro, because he broke off their relationship
He knew what he did was wrong and even took a shower and prepared himself to lower suspicion
Did not call the cops, just left the body
Said God told him to do it
• Hamlet was not actually crazy when he killed Polonius
out of rage with the conversation with his mother
He knew he killed someone-> he thought it was the king-> aware of his actions
Motive was still to kill
He didn’t leave the body he
Said that a Ghost told him to do it

Vengeance vs. Morality
Evidence of his Morality
Exchange of forgiveness with Laertes
Vengeance vs. Morality
Results of Conflict and Delay
Duty to avenge father (1.5.25)
Does not kill Claudius
Proclaims undying love for Ophelia
Vengeance vs. Morality
Net Affect
(“I want him to go to hell!!!)
Laertes wants revenge
Impulsively kills Polonius
Drives Ophelia to insanity
Gertrude drinks Hamlet’s poison and dies
Mind Map
Hamlet’s Transformation
into Madness
Fortinbras walks in
No ruler? No problem
Denmark is now mine
Dad will now rest in peace
1. King’s ghost: the trigger towards Hamlet’s madness

“assume some other horrible form,/Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason/ And draw you into madness” (1.4.72-74)
2. Polonius: the instigator that inputs wrong reason as to the cause for Hamlet’s transformation
3. Claudius: the target of Hamlet’s madness and detective in regards to the cause of it
Sacrifice – an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy

Hamlet is not a character of sacrifice
He retains his sense of morality
He does not intentionally sacrifice the lives of the royal family
“your noble son is mad:/Mad call I it; for, to define true madness,/What is’t but to be nothing else but mad? (2.2.92-94)
“Something have you heard/ Of Hamlet’s transformation” (2.2.4-5)
“Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go.” (3.1.189)
Vengeance vs. Morality
Final Thoughts
Complete Secrecy
This conflict is Hamlet’s hamartia. It leads to the downfall of the kingdom through the

Hamlet’s tactic towards fulfilling his commandment to kill Claudius
Goethe says Hamlet fails to carry out vengeance due to morals
– I disagree
Titus Andronicus
Victory of vengeance (partially)
deaths of Polonius, Opehlia, Gertrude,
Laertes, and of course, Hamlet himself
"Sense sure you have, / Else could you not have motion; but sure that sense / Is apopelx'd, for madness would not err” (III.iv.71-73)
“I perchance heareafter shall think meet/ To put an antic disposition on” (1.5.179-180)
False Madness
Words spoken were clever and logical
He only acts mad in front of certain characters
Shakespeare uses Ophelia and her true insanity as a comparison to Hamlet’s

“Make you to ravel all this matter out,/That I essentially am not in madness,/But mad in craft” (3.4.189-190)
"You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so /
inoculate our old stock but we
shall relish of it. I loved /
you not." (III.i.117-119
Juxtaposition of Laertes, Fortinbras, and Hamlet with emphasis on the differences in the method of avenging their father’s deaths

"I am lost in it, my lord. But let him come. / It warms the very sickness in my heart / That I shall live and tell him to his teeth, / 'Thus diest thou.'" (IV.vii.54-57)

“Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend/ Which is the mightier” (4.1.7-8)
Actions: Cautious to Impulsive
Hamlet as a Character of Sacrifice
"O what a rash and bloody deed is this!" (III.iv.27)
"I'll wipe all trivial fond records, /
All saws of books, all forms, all
pressures past” (I.v.99-100)
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“Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain.” Hamlet (Act IV, scene i)
Hamlet acts mad in order to
appear harmless and to avoid suspicion
Why does Hamlet act mad?
Hamlet’s Relationships
King Claudius
Queen Gertrude
The End :)
Hamlet’s conscious act of transformation into madness is caused by his duty to avenge his father’s death. This commission given to Hamlet grows to become his sole purpose in life as he chooses to forget everything else. The demise of the state of Denmark, caused by his delay in the killing of Claudius, is a result of his tragic flaw of his desire for vengeance. However there is a dilemma presented between his thirst for revenge and his inherent sense of morality. The net effect of his tragic flaw is the annexation of Denmark by Norway as a result of the inadvertent deaths of the royal family.
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