Hamlet notecards

Hamlet Prince of Self Pity”Belief in ghosts was then common, and one wonders to what extent Shakespeare showed it”-Hamlet seeing the ghost is normal because at the time, people believed in ghosts. Hamlet is not insane when he sees the ghost.
Hamlet Prince of Self PityHamlet was not appointed king when his father died. This is either because Gertrude was the one who held the royalty in her family, or, like in the case of Edward VIII, the establishment saw something rotten in Hamlet’s character.
Hamlet Prince of Self Pity”Hamlet can be played as an indecisive and self-questioning Romantic intellectual”-It is critically acknowledged that Hamlet is a very smart young man who is intelligent and knows what is going on.
Hamlet Prince of Self Pity”An earlier Johnson (Samuel) thought that he was ‘represented as a virtuous character’, but clearly had doubts being shocked, as a christian, by the speech in which Hamlet resolves not to kill the king”-Hamlet is still sane if he knows that he should not kill the king at this point. He has not given into revenge yet.
Hamlet Prince of Self Pity”He seems more villainous than virtuous. He hesitates to kill the king, but murders Polonius, and shows no remorse.”-Hamlet does end up turning insane, but he does not start out insane. While being so cautious throughout his whole plan, Hamlet just kills Polonius without thinking twice, thinking that he is a rat.
Hamlet Hamlet (not the actual play)”[Horatio] is Hamlet’s ‘only confidant’ (de Grazia 2007, 90, 181), and his partner in detection and observation throughout the play”-Scholars agree that Hamlet tells Horatio everything, and he tells him in the beginning of the play that he will soon be going cray cray.
Hamlet Hamlet (not the actual play)Horatio is a very loyal friend to Hamlet and would not double cross him. Hamlet tells Horatio everything, therefor telling him if what he is doing is part of the plan or not. Hamlet even makes Horatio the king of Denmark when he dies at the end of the play, proving that Hamlet trusts him.
Hamlet Hamlet (not the actual play)”Nevertheless, Horatio always seems ‘nearby’, and thus ‘the one accountable certainty in a world of shifting confusions’, offering Hamlet friendship without the suspicion that characterizes all of his other relationships in the play.”-Horatio is characterized as almost a christ figure in Hamlet’s eyes, because he is such a true and loyal friend to Hamlet
Hamlet Hamlet (not the actual play)”Along with Gertrude and Ophelia, Horatio offers a key means of focusing on Hamlet as a figure who deserves our sympathy and pity. It is Horatio who breaks the news to Hamlet that his father’s ghost has been witnessed stalking Elsinore’s battlements.”
Hamlet Hamlet (not the actual play)”It is Horatio’s rationality, scepticism and good will that allows our faith to be anchored in Hamlet as the play’s ‘hero’, then despite the Prince’s alienating instablity, passion, and madness (feigned or not).”-Horatio is a character that can be trusted no matter what the situation
Hamlet Hamlet”As I perchance here shall think meet to put an antic disposition” (172-173)-Hamlet is admitting to both Horatio and the audience that soon he will become insane and filled with a lust for murder. In this way he is trying to earn the sympathy of the audience.
Hamlet Hamlet”He seemed to find his way without his eyes” (2.1.98)-Ophelia is talking about how Hamlet came into her room all disheveled and what not and is acting crazy.-This quote makes it seem like Hamlet is not in control of his own body. The way Ophelia describes him leaving the room without using his eyes makes him seem like he is becoming or is possessed.
Hamlet Hamlet”Oh what a noble mind is here o’er thrown” (2.1.150)-Ophelia is talking about how Hamlet used to have such a great mind.-This quote shows how Ophelia thinks that Hamlet used to have a great mind and that she loved him for that but now he has become insane and she has admitted it.
Hamlet Hamlet”madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” (2.1.189)-Claudius is admitting that Hamlet has gone insane.-This is showing that in the coming times, Claudius will be watching Hamlet closely.
Hamlet Hamlet”Go to. I’ll no more on’t. It hath made me mad.” (3.1.146)-Hamlet is talking to Ophelia. He is accusing her of being very promiscuous and flirty.-Hamlet is blaming his madness on Ophelia in this part. He says that it is because he gets “teased” by her.
Hamlet Hamlet”Hamlet: my father died within these two hours.Ophelia: Nay, ’tis twice two months my lord” (3.2.116)-Hamlet is talking to Ophelia before the players come. He is acting more normal.-Hamlet has completely lost sense of time, which may be part of his plan or it may be him legitimately losing it.
Hamlet Hamlet”Make you a wholesome answer. My wit’s deceased.” (3.2.299)-Hamlet is talking to Guildenstern after the play and after Claudius leaves. -Hamlet is acknowledging that he has gone mad here. He is acknowledging that he cannot even give a straight answer. This shows that he is most likely still sane because he is acknowledging that he has gone insane
Hamlet Hamlet”I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb” (4.6.25-26)-Hamlet writes this in a letter to Horatio, after her is captured by people on a boat.-Hamlet says here that he will make Horatio mad by speaking to him. This shows that Hamlet has legitimately gone insane at this point, despite his best efforts, and that he thinks his madness is contagious. This explains why Ophelia has gone mad as well.
Hamlet Shakespeare’s Hamlet”The second is that Hamlet is pretending to be insane. Another will occur to readers who have had similar experiences: The melancholy Dane is trying to read but unable to concentrate because he is distracted by emotional turmoil”-By saying “words, words, words” to Polonius, Hamlet is putting up this facade that he is insane, so that Polonius as well thinks that he is insane.
Hamlet Shakespeare’s Hamlet”In fact, the play has been described as a portrait of a man who thinks too much–that is, a man whose head is filled with interior verbalizations that he is incapable of taking action.”-This quote explains that Hamlet gives in to what he describes as humanities fatal flaw. He thinks to much, and therefore makes everything much to complicated for himself, and ends up falling into a trap that leads him to insanity.

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