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The madness of prince HamletIn Hamlet Prince of Denmark the protagonist exhibits a puzzlingduplicitous nature Hamlet contradicts himself throughout out the play Heendorses both of the virtues of acting a role and being true to oneis self Hefurther supports both of these conflicting endorsements with his actions Thisambiguity is demonstrated by his alleged madness for he does behave madly onlyto become perfectly calm and rational an instant later These inconsistenciesare related with the internal dilemmas he faces He struggles with the issue ofrevenging his fatheris death vowing to kill Claudius and then backing outseveral times Upon this point Hamlet teeters through the play The reason forthis teetering is directly related to his inability to form a solid opinionabout role playing This difficulty is not present however at the start of theplay In the first act Hamlet appears to be very straightforward in hisactions and inner state When questioned by Gertrude about his melancholyappearance Hamlet says Seems madam Nay it is I know not seemsi 1276This is to say I am what I appear to be Later he makes a clear statementabout his state when he commits himself to revenge In this statement the playmakes an easy to follow shift This shift consists of Hamlet giving up the roleof a student and mourning son Hamlet saysIill wipe away all trivial fond recordsAll saws of books all forms all pressures pastThat youth and observation copied thereAnd thy commandment all alone shall liveWithin the book and volume of my brain1599-103Hamlet is declaring that he will be committed to nothing else but the revenge ofhis fathers death There is no confusion about Hamletis character He has saidearlier that he is what he appears to be and there is no reason to doubt it Inthe next act however Hamletis status and intentions suddenly and with outdemonstrated reason becomes mired in confusion When Hamlet appears again in act two it seems that he has lost theconviction that was present earlier He
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