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A Critical Analysis of Shakespeares Hamlet 19 September 1996 Hamlet Is he an insane madman or a revengeful scheming genius There are many conflicting ideas and theories on this subject and hopefully this paper may be of some assistance in clearing up the confusion The paper is divided into three separate analytic sections beginning with the beginning of Hamlets so called madness and why it may have occurred Next is an analysis of why Hamlet delays revenging his fathers death To conclude the paper Hamlets incestuous acts towards his mother are discussed in William Shakespeares Hamlet In the first act Hamlet seems to be in a perfectly sane state of mind throughout all five scenes It is in the second scene where the audience begins to see a change in his character Ophelia meets with Polonius and recalls the meeting she had previously with Hamlet She tells her father that Hamlet came to her disheveled and in a shaken state of mind speaking of horrors Act 2 Scene 2 line 94 Her father immediately believes that he is Mad for thy love Act 2 Scene 2 line 95 Opelia answers a question posed by Polonius by which she replied that she had told Hamlet that she could not see or communicate with him any more Her father makes reference to Hamlets madness once again by proclaiming that what his daughter said hath made him Hamlet mad Act 2 Scene 2 line 123 The argument of whether Hamlet is insane because of his love for Ophelia is often debated but a more confusing and complex situation is the struggle within Hamlets mind His personal struggle is revealed to the audience in scene one of the third act In this scene Hamlet recites his famous To be or not to be-that is the question Act 3 Scene 1 line 64 speech Here the the audience truly realizes
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