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The Sanity of Hamlet Shakespeares tragic hero Hamlet and his sanity can arguably be discussed Many portions of the play support his loss of control in his actions while other parts uphold his ability of dramatic art The issue can be discussed both ways and altogether provide significant support to either theory There are indications from Hamlet throughout the play of his minds well being Hamlet has mood swings as his mood changes abruptly throughout the play It seems as if there are two Hamlets in the play one that is sensitive and an ideal prince and the insane barbaric Hamlet who from an outburst of passion and rage slays Polonius with no feeling of remorse and then talks about lugging his guts into another room After Hamlet kills Polonius he will not tell anyone where the body is located Instead he assumes his ironic matter which others take it as madness Not where he eats but where he is eaten If your messenger find him not there seek him I th other place yourself But indeed if you find him not within this month you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby Hamlets behavior throughout the play especially towards Ophelia is inconsistent He jumps into Ophelias grave and fights with Laertes in her grave He professes I loved Ophelia Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love during the fight with Laertes in Ophelias grave but he tells her that he never loved her when she returns his letters and gifts while she was still alive Hamlet subtly hints his awareness of his dissolving sanity as he tells Laertes that he killed Polonius in a fit of madness Hamlet has violent outbursts towards his mother His outburst seems to be out of jealousy as a victim to the Oedipus complex He alone sees his fathers ghost in his mothers chambers Every other time the ghost
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