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Hamlets Madness I do not believe that Hamlet is going mad nor insane. I think that he was just putting on an act of madness to convince people he was going insane in order to carry out his revenge on Claudius. If it wasn't for Hamlet's feigned madness the Claudius would have obviously known that something was up and would have possibly had Hamlet killed. Hamlet only acted mad or insane around certain people. In his private conversations with Horatio there was no signs of insanity with the way he was talking to him. Hamlet tells Horatio "How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet To put on an antic disposition on, - That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumber'd thus. Or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase."(Ham. ...read more.


Then Guildenstern states "Which dreams, indeed, are ambition; fro the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream."(Ham. 2.2.245-246). Hamlet wants to make the King and Queen believe that the death of his father and their marriage is the reason for his madness. The Queen states "I doubt it is no other but the main, - His father's death and our o' hasty marriage. (Ham. 2.2.56-57). Hamlet want s to make Polonius and Ophelia believe that it is his love for Ophelia that has driven him mad. This is revealed when Ophelia speaks with Polonius about Hamlet's encounter with her (Ham. 2.2 75-108). In the phrase "I am but mad north by northwest, when the wind is southernly I know a hawk from a handsaw"(Ham. 2.2.347-348) Hamlet is stating that North is normal and that "North by Northwest" means that he is only slightly insane. ...read more.


In the scene where he is with his mother he also has a violent out burst. He is very cruel towards he and clenches her throat in anger. He sees his father's ghost while with his mother. His mother does not see him. All of the other times someone has seen the ghost when it has appeared. This may be a sign that Hamlet experiencing true madness. "On him, on him: Look O you how pale he glares! His form and cause conjoured, preaching to stones would make them capable (Ham.3.4.126-128. In conclusion I believe that Hamlet's madness or insanity throughout the play is being acted. However I do believe that in the end Hamlet drives himself over the edge when he kills Polonius and his true anger shows. Hamlet crossed that line into true madness a few times in this play. I believe that this was not a good way to go about getting revenge on Claudius. There was too much of a delay and in the end Hamlet lost by losing his life too. ...read more.

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