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HAMLETS USE OF ANTIC DISPOSITION IS A TRAGIC ERROR In the play Hamlet by Shakespeare the main character is charged to wreak revenge upon his fathers murderer Through examination it is proven that Hamlets choice of displaying an antic disposition as a tool to further his goal is a tragic error on his part At first Hamlets antic disposition is purposeful with a goal in mind However when he begins to make use of it Ophelia falls into utter madness Eventually Hamlet convinces himself that he has lost his mind Hamlet puts on a mask of madness for the purpose of giving him a chance to take revenge and also provide him with a valid excuse for it After the Ghosts first appearance to Hamlet he decides that when he finds it suitable or advantageous to him he will act as if he is mad He says to Horatio As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on I iv 1711 This clearly indicates that from this point onwards Hamlet has decided to act as if he was mad and is not actually mad Quoted from one of Shakespeares critics When he is alone we have the truth of him but it is madness which is on public exhibition This strategy gives Hamlet a chance to find proof of Claudiuss guilt and to consider his revenge scheme This way Claudius will not think that Hamlet is capable of killing him and usurping the throne Hamlet clearly hates Claudius and wants revenge for his father A little more than kin and less than kind I ii 65 1 Hamlet is awaiting Claudius to fit the part of the villain His action is virtually paralyzed whenever something or someone does not fit the part Hamlet needs his revenge to be dramatic so that he can finally get into his role and play it out Hamlet tries repeatedly to portray
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