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To be sane or not to be sane: an exploration of the state of mind of the main characters in Hamlet and the Butcher Boy
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay deals with the question of sanity in two very different literary works: the classic play Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the modern novel The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe. Despite all the differences between these two works also have similarities that make them interesting to compare. The main characters are both dealing with seeing their families and lives, as they have known them, fall apart due to loved ones dying or withdrawing from them. In coping with their losses they both resort to a state of madness, which finally ends up leading the two characters down very different paths, into very different futures. The aim of this essay is to explore and compare the state of mind of the main characters Hamlet and Francie. The essay will present evidence to show that Hamlet’s madness is only an act, used for the purpose of finding out who murdered his father, whereas what Francie experiences is a deteriorating mind, due to genetic and social factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Hamlet, The Butcher Boy, Madness, state of mind
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54503ISRN: LTU-CUPP--03/014--SELocal ID: b729a39f-376f-4776-94cb-b2348d1accccOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-54503DiVA: diva2:1027884
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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English, bachelor's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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