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Hamlet and Ophelia are linked by many common characteristics not the least of which is their madness While Hamlets madness seems to be feigned Ophelia is truly crazy The odd thing about their predicament is that they each drive each other more fully into the depths of illness One of Hamlets most famous lines is when he tells the Queen Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems Hamlet is saying that he does not know what it is to pretend he only knows what it is to be This is the main question surrounding Hamlet in the play is he feigning his madness or is it real After confronting the Ghost Hamlet tells his friends that he is going to act mad in public and that they should not worry for he is not really crazy at all There is a common belief in these days that when someone tells a lie and firmly believes it they start to live that lie Maybe this is true with Hamlet- he acts truly mad in public even his mother believes it that possibly he acts mad in private too After Polonius tells Ophelia to repel Hamlets letters Hamlet enters Ophelias room and looks at her with such a piteous and saddened face that even Ophelia begins to think there is something wrong with him Shortly after that Hamlet encounters Polonius in a corridor and harasses him and says crazy things In an aside Polonius says Though this be madness yet there is method int In another famous line Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet about his madness and he replies I am but mad north-north-west When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw In the beginning Hamlet says he does not know how to pretend
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