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Hamlet Character Synopsis By Manda Freier In this Character description of Hamlet I describe Hamlet as smart witty and determined Near the beginning of the play after Poloniuss death Hamlet appears to be insane There are indications that persuade me to think otherwise Certainly Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point his day has been hectic he finally determined Claudius had killed his father when the ghost of his father came to visit him and let him know and with a chance to kill Claudius while confronting him he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father He also accidentally kills Polonius These situations are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity but he remains sharp and credible Hamlet is able to make random and unexpected smart remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comparing then to sponges When he Claudius needs what you have cleaned it is but squeezing you and sponge you shall be dry again the comparison makes sense Rosencrantz and Guildenstern soak up all the kings favors only to become dry again after they mop up the Kings mess of spying on Hamlet and getting Poloniuss body Later with Claudius Hamlet tells how lowly a king can be by saying A man beggar may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm This also makes sense and is not quite as random when Hamlet confronts Claudius and the king asks where Polonius is Hamlet immediately begins the comparison by telling Claudius that Polonius is at supper the worms are eating him for supper and so on This proves that Hamlet had some kind of planning for this degrading comment and that his thoughts are not scattered and he is able to stay focused There is a question of what being insane really is Since it is agreeable that Ophelia
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