While Hamlet appears to be mad on occasion, he is truly sane. Laertes has known about Ophelia's death for a day. Hamlet had to be in a state of temporary madness - it can happen to anyone. That Hamlet's lunacy has for some time past been observed is, indeed, clear; but we have nothing to show that he has not had an ample interval to mature into a distinct and consistent plan an idea which at first shadowed itself out to him in a vague indeterminate shape. An insane man would not be able to contrive such thoughts.
Why must it be an either or? I would agree that he is vicious and desperate but does that make him mad? Unfortunately, however, all this comes at a cost of Hamlet's own life, that of his mother Gertrude, his prospective brother-in-law Laertes, and his prospective father-in-law Polonius. Therefore, he wanted it commonly known that Claudius had murdered King Hamlet so his act of killing Claudius would be seen as justifiable revenge. That is just a quick example, not an exhaustive one of that scene. Thus it appears that in every single instance in which Hamlet's madness is manifested, he has good reason for assuming that disguise; while, on the other hand, wherever there was no necessity to hoodwink any one, his thought, language, and actions bear no resemblance to unsoundness of intellect. He is popular with the people 4.
Polonius is the first to declare him mad, and he thinks it is because Ophelia has repelled his love. When Hamlet returns from England and embarks on the dual his speech regarding the fate of a sparrow answers the question. He is in mourning over the death of his father. I'm afraid I lost your point a little towards the end. Young Hamlet was asked to seek revenge on his uncle, and the ghost is depending on him to do that.
My basic argument would be that, because people are human and not computers, there are times when we all make mistakes, or lose our tempers, act impulsively and regret it later, act or speak a certain way because we love somebody or hate somebody or need to mislead somebody, even if it isn't the best or wisest or most appropriate way to act or speak, etc. Or the Ghost only reveals himself to those who need to see him. Catherine, First of all, who we feel the safest with, is who we ultimately feel arousal around. That is a matter of opinion. However, the manner in which Hamlet deals with one tragedy after another, the way he shows rationality and level headiness even in the face of immense ordeal and the fashion in which he legitimately feigns madness in order to attain vengeance for his father's murder over Claudius suggest otherwise. I agree with Catherine though.
Hamlet gets the idea of feigning insanity from Horatio's warning when he meets his father's spirit. His mother thus sworn to amendment of life, and to secrecy as regards himself, Hamlet has effected his purpose with her. He tells his love interest, Ophelia, that he no longer loves her, for example, but then later jumps into her grave as he prepares for a fight, professing his passion. Horatio would probably have notice if his friend was acting out of the ordinary without a reason, and brought it to someone's attention, had it been serious enough. Throughout the play, Hamlet struggles to determine which role he should play—thoughtful, reticent scholar, or revenge-minded, decisive heir to the throne—and by acting both parts, Hamlet explores what his true role should be.
This ghost, however, speaks only to Hamlet. Slighlty straying from the point, it seems, but. I'll observe his looks; I'll tent him to the quick. Everything he does, everything he says, has logical motivation and proceeds logically from previous things said and done. A problem when trying to debate his mental state is that people typically assume that sanity is a consistent thing. Good lads, how do ye both? Hamlet was angry with his mother as far back in time as well as in scenes as I.
Stoppard gives a different perspective to their story. People with mental health disorders, including clinical depression, are not crazy. He does not take a sharp tone with them though, he is aware of his limits, and does not often do what would cause him great consequences. After he is certain that the figure is the Dane, and not a demon, Hamlet converses with it. It is unfortunate that Hamlet's plan did not succeed; not only did it lead to his own downfall but he had to witness the downfall of all of the people he loved. The only human it converses with is Hamlet, which would explain its choice not to reveal its presence to the queen. Perhaps it's just being human.
The most common question asked about him is whether or not he is sane or insane. No, I don't think he is Mad. The fact that he has made it appear like real madness to many critics today only goes to show the wideness of his knowledge and the greatness of his dramatic skill. The ghost did make an appearance in the first and fifth acts, and characters other than just Hamlet recognized it. North-north-west is a very specific compass bearing. But why not keep discussion all in the forum? Hamlet believes what the ghost tells him.