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Hamlet appears to be insane after Poloniuss death in act IV scene II There are indications though that persuade me to think other wise 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 the chance to kill Claudius confronted him he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father he accidentally kills Polonius and finally the ghost of his father visits him These situations are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity but he remains sharp and credible Hamlet is able to make smart remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comparing then to sponges When he Claudius needs what you have gleaned it is but squeezing you and sponge you shall be dry again pg 98 20 This is random and unexpected as many of his actions but 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 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 pg 99 29 This also makes sense and is not quite as random when Hamlet confronts Claudius and the king asks where Polonius is Hamlet immediatly begins the comparison by telling Claudius that Polonuis 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 was crazy its possible to use her as a guide to make this argument valid Hamlet and Ophelia both shared the
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