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Is Hamlet Mad or Faking It?

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IS HAMLET MAD OR FAKING IT? Shakespeare' s masterpiece "Hamlet" is really a complex play, which concerns on many different themes. One of the major themes of "Hamlet" is madness, which is reflected through the protagonist, The Prince of Denmark, Hamlet. His madness is always a question and suspicious throughout the play. It is not answered certainly in the play, but both answers have strong evidences. Despite the fact that Hamlet's madness seems to be clear during the play, it seems slightly more logical to me that Hamlet is acting that he is mad. In order to understand Hamlet's "maddish" behaviours' real reason, the evidences from the text could be examined. The conundrum of Hamlet's madness starts with Hamlet seeing his father, Ghost, who asked him to get his revenge from his "beast uncle". The first proof, for Hamlet acting madness, is the reality of Ghost. If Hamlet was the only person to see the Ghost, we could be sure that he is really mad, but in Act I Scene I, the sentry, Barnardo and Fransisco sees the Ghost entering the Elsinore Castle three times, as they see together with Horatio, Hamlet's best friend, as Marcellus explains the appearance of the Ghost in these lines: "Horatio says 'tis our fantasy/ And will not let the belief take hold of him/ Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us. ...read more.


Bring me to the test/ And I the matter will reword, which madness would gambol from....That's not your trespass but my madness speaks;...Forgive me this my virtue, / For in the fatness of these pursy times/ Virtue itself of vice pardon beg", "The death I gave him. So again, good night./ Imust be cruel only to be kind;/ Thus bad begins and worse remains behind." and ".....That I essentiallly am not in madness/ But mad in craft" (a3.s4.L140-200). If he was mad at all, he would not reflect himself that much clearly because a mad person would not have thought very rationally as we observe this in his words to his mother. It is clear that he speaks normally with his mother at this stage. Therefore, it is seen that Hamlet is determined to fake madness in front of people. On the other hand, when he is alone with her mother, because of his grief for his father and hatred for her mother for marrying Claudius, Hamlet first insults her mother in Act 3 Scene 4. However, when the Ghost reminded him about his revenge, he remembers he is only acting madness and he claims this to his mother. The second character he tries to speak normally is his friend Horatio, as he discusses the events. ...read more.


Because, if did not hide his love for Ophelia, and if he did not pretend to be like a son who had a huge downfall. Consequently, he would not be able to avenge his father's death, as he would be a loyal boyfriend of Ophelia. If we look at the dialogues between Leartes and Hamlet, the reader could again observe that Hamlet is acting the lunatic. Before their duel, Hamlet asks for a forgive for killing Leartes' father, Polonius, however it is very doubtful that he thought Claudius was spying his speech with his mother but not Polonius. "...If Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it/ Who does it them? His madness.... His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy..." (a.5, s.2, L.208-210). To conclude, it can be acclaimed that Hamlet's acts against Leartes and Ophelia are clearly evidences for Hamlet's fake insanity. After observing some numerous quotes from the play and some statements about the plot, as they are parallel with the quotes, shows that Hamlet is faking madness in order to hide his hatred and revengeful thought about his uncle. Because a mad man could not behave logically and could not have, the ability to talk normally to some people but madly to others. It is clear that he is determined to hide his revenge and he does this very effectively by acting a mad prince who had a downfall after his father's death. ...read more.

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