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Hamlet was indeed a very sane man He was only portraying madness to further his own plans for revenge His words were so cleverly constructed that others will perceive him as mad It is this consistent cleverness that is the ultimate evidence of his complete sanity Can a mad person be so clever No a mad person cannot Hamlet is sane and brilliant After Hamlet Horatio and Marcellus see the ghost Hamlet tells Horatio that he is going to feign madness If Horatio is to notice Hamlet acting strange it is because he is putting on an act How strange or odd someer I bear myselfAs I perchance hereafter shall think meetTo put an antic disposition onThat you at such times seeing never shallWith arms encumbered thus or this headshake Or by pronouncing of some doutful phraseAs Wellwellwe know or We could an if wewouldOr If we list to speak or There be an if theymightOr such ambiguous giving-out to noteThat you know of me-this do swearIv190-201Hamlet states that from this point forward I may act weird but to ignore my acts of madness for they are just that acts and are in no way a sign of true madness Only a sane and rational person could devise such a plan as to act insane to convince others that he is insane when he actually has complete control over his mind Hamlet only acts mad when he is in the presence of certain characters When he is around Polonius Claudius Gertrude Ophelia Rosencrantz and Guildenstern he acts completely irrational When Hamlet is around Horatio Bernardo Francisco the players and the gravediggers Hamlet acts completely sane When Hamlet and Polonius meet in IIii Hamlet calls Polonius a fishmonger and makes strange conversation with him In IViii Hamlet refuses to tell Claudius were he has hidden the body of Polonius and goes on about how Polonius is at supper When Hamlet encounters Gertrude in her closet an
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