Madness In Shakespeare's Hamlet



Madness may be "mental incapacity caused by an unmentionable
injury." Such wounds often are not easily perceived but may be revealed in
time of stress. Hamlet's question, "have you a daughter?"(Act II. Sc2
182) Polonius about the Prince's emotional state. What is hidden will
surely be told to Cloudius by his adviser. Laertes' search for revenge is
sharper proof that madness in degrees of publicity causes harm to the
observers. Claudius promise "no wind of blame"(Act IV, Sc.7,66) once
Laertes kills Hamlet; perhaps this is what the uncle has sought all along
for himself. Ophelia has a unique, very powerful form of madness; she
seems caught as a "baker's daughter,"(Act IV, Sc. 5, 42) ...

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him "have you a daughter."(Act
II, Sc.2, 182) In this discussion Hamlet shows antic behavior towards
Polonius by mocking him when Hamlet would usually show great respect for
him because of he age and heis high position in the court. This sudden
question to Polonius has caused Polonius to believe that Hamlet has a form
of love-sickness and that Polonius is sure to tell Claudius of his
condition. Hamlet also accuses Polonius of being the "Jephthah, judge of
Israel,"(Act II,Sc.2, 399) meaning that Polonius would put his country in
front of his daughter. Hamlet has now convinced Polonius that he is in a
state of madness because he knows that Polonius cares for his daughter
very much and would never put her second. By convincing Polonius that he
has no consideration for the well-being of others, Hamlet is then hoping
that Polonius will tell the court of his emotional madness.

Unlike Hamlet, Laertes has developed a different kind of madness,
a madness that is controlled by ...

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