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Though this be madness yet there is method int An essay on Shakespeares use of madness The Tragedies Of Shakespeare 20 December 1996 Page 1 Your noble son is mad -- Mad call I it for to define true madness What ist but to be nothing else but mad Wells and Taylor 665 In Act two scene two of William Shakespeares play Hamlet Polonius uses these words to inform Hamlets parents of their sons insanity He then continues on telling Gertrude and Claudius that the cause of this madness is lovesickness over his own daughter Ophelia 665 From the privileged perspective of the audience we know that Polonius is mistaken and that Hamlet is far from insane but rather playing mad for a purpose of his own Madness in Shakespearean plays and in tragedies in particular is rarely what it seems on the surface Instead both madness and the characters experiencing it are layered with meaning like an onion layer after layer can be peeled off eventually allowing a glimpse at the core concealed within Shakespeares treatment of the character Hamlet is typically multi-faceted and complex--Hamlet appears insane ostensibly over Page 2 Ophelia however his madness is feigned--a cover for internal conflicts rooted not in thwarted affection but rather in desire to avenge his fathers murder Hamlet even goes so far as to say his apparent madness is an act when he says I am but mad north-north-west when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw667 Shakespeare often used madness either feigned or actual as a teaching tool or vehicle to advance his plot Sometimes this madness was feigned as evidenced by Hamlet and Edgar the legitimate son of Gloucester in The
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