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To Be Insane or Not To Be Insane That Tis The Question With in Hamlet Shakespeare gives a psychological dimension to the thouoghts and actions of each of his characaters exspecially hamlet Shakespeare gives the reader an indepth look into the mind of Hamlet If shakespeare had not given the reader the complex psychological state of Hamlet then yes one could say Hamlet was insane but Shakespeare did He made sure that there was an explanation logical reason for all of his actions Hamlet at the very least was sane In the play Hamlet was percieved as being mad but there was a just cause The symbolic meaning of Hamlets actions are the underlining meaning for his unconscious motivation toward his actions This means that Hamlet maybe not knowing it at the time would logically justify his actions For example in act III Hamlet said to Ophelia You should not have believed me for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it I loved you not Get thee to a nunneryGo thy ways to a nunnery ScI 125 Here we can see that Hamlet had told Ophelia earlier in the scene how deeply he loved her but here he has changed completely saying that he had never loved her With in this quote he slips in that Ophelia should go to a nunnery This is his just cause for his maddness He tries to get Ophelia to forget him and go to the nunnery so that she can be safe and away from all his troubles that would soon come Here we see his justcause as well as his foreshadowing for things to come Like many Princes Hamlet has been highly educated in Whittenburg England Here he has learned to think logically and not to act or think on impulse This is why the reader sees Hamlet talkling to himself In act III
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