This is not serious and is considered normal. I think if we look at this whole situation as a mystery play and try to figure it out from that perspective, things become most clear. It is clear that he speaks normally with his mother at this stage. If the other persons associated with him could at once discover that the madness was put on, of course the entire action would be marred, and the object for which the pretended madness would be designed would be defeated by the discovery. They want that person to suffer like they have. Throughout the play, Hamlet becomes more and more believable in his act, even convincing his mother that he is crazy.
Thank you very much : Hamlet's Sanity In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, many are forced to assume that the protagonist has indeed gone insane due to his incredibly convincing portrayal of a mad man at various points during the play. He sees more than anyone else in the play. I'm very blissful that I stumbled throughout this in my search for one thing relating to this. I really didn't noticed any signs of it, I believe it's understood that acting that way is beneficial for the task of avenging his father, albeit he doubts throughout the entire play. The Prince of Denmark is insane by this measure, as he kills more than one person over the course of the play. To sum it all up; I think the ghost is Hamlet's way of persuading himself that it is right to kill his step father. Also Hamlet was not the first to see his fathers ghost, his friends were.
First, this is what insanity is; insanity is acting peculiar, but not knowing that they are. Especially if he was heir to the throne. I don't think that Hamlet was truly mad. And people always have opinoins, which I'd love to hear. Of course, this is all very Freudian which may seem anachronic, but there is also quite a strong allusion to the Oedipus complexe, Hamlet hates his step father who stole his mother's love and he now wants to kill him.
Near death, he offered forgiveness to Laertes as he died to allow him to be received in heaven. The outside world's perception of him as being mad is of his own design. In this as in everything the king is insincere, and seeks not the truth but his own personal ends. This proves that the spirit is not simply the product of his troubled mind. Ghost can choose who sees them and who does not. I know it's long, but please read through it to see if everything is logically placed, and help me to make it flow better. Maybe my subconscious doesn't like the idea of Mad Hamlet.
Of course, this is all very Freudian which may seem anachronic, but there is also quite a strong allusion to the Oedipus complexe, Hamlet hates his step father who stole his mother's love and he now wants to kill him. Despite the evidence that Hamlet is actually mad, we also see substantial evidence that he is just pretending. He recognises the danger and orders that Hamlet be despatched to England, safely out of the way. If you argue that Ophelia went insane after seeing her dead father, and she was to see out of many, Ophelia was a woman, and it was her father whom had died. Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is't but to be nothing else but mad? If we look at the dialogues between Leartes and Hamlet, the reader could again observe that Hamlet is acting the lunatic. But over and above all this his feelings towards Ophelia place him in a perilous position.
Hamlet's act of feigning madness allows him to speak his mind behind the guise of insanity, so that no one would be suspicious of him. That said, some characters deem him mad because they witness a change in his personality and behavior. Questions like the one Claudius asked or the stares and whispers Hamlet got can easily upset a person more. Osric is too great a fool for it to be necessary that Hamlet should assume the cloak of insanity; but answering him with a witty imitation of his own affected jargon, he dismisses him with an acceptance of the challenge; and shortly afterwards engages in the combat which, as we have seen, ends fatally to both Laertes and himself. He no doubt suspects that Ophelia, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, has been sent to probe his malady. In the Nunnery Scene, for instance, he is certainly mad. Madness was a reoccurring theme in this play, two characters portrayed this more than others.
If Hamlet does know that Claudius and Polonius are listening, the fact that he can instantly adjust his behavior points toward the idea that he has a firm grip on reality and his own mind. This is what I think too. The irony is that when he is finally released, he is genuinely insane, having played the part for too long and too well. His advice to his mother has an almost childlike simplicity about it. The most obvious evidence is that Hamlet himself says he is going to pretend to be mad, suggesting he is at least sane enough to be able to tell the difference between disordered and rational behavior. Madness is the main element driving the plot.
Hamlet says to Horatio etc. Briefly put; the minuscule one percent has a gigantic grasp on this country. His tragic flaw, howevers is failing to kill Claudius immediately and putting on a crazed persona. Hamlet manipulates each character in the play so that they attribute his madness to different reasons: Polonius thinks it is due to his rejection by Ophelia, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel Hamlet suffers from ambition. No more crafty design could have been conceived for hoodwinking Polonius, and through him the king, by whom he was held in so high esteem for his penetration. Horatio and company were the first characters to see the ghost and were the ones who told Hamlet about it.