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In Act 1 Scene 5 Hamlet undertakes to put an antic disposition on To what extent do you believe that Hamlet retains his sanity in the play I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on Iv172-3 William Shakespeares controversial play Hamlet causes a rise of debate as to whether the main character Hamlet retains his sanity throughout Sanity can be defined as a healthy and stable state of mind and though his mental state is disrupted Hamlet is able to maintain rationality wit and cunning throughout the course of the play This is presented through his altered view of women and death and how he comes to terms with these disturbances to his state his ability to realise that he is in a pretentious state and that he continues to question and ponder his actions Hamlets complex character allows for many interpretations of his mental state and reveals his inner-battle for peace of mind and willingness to avenge his fathers death Hamlet is a play based solely on the revenge of the main character on his uncle the king Prince Hamlet is the son of the recently dead Hamlet King of Denmark Reading Hamlet and Queen Gertrude who soon after her husbands death married his brother Claudius who became king The Ghost of Hamlets father appears to him revealing that Claudius had killed him to become king and take Gertrude to be his own He asks that Hamlet avenge his death or else he be trapped in purgatory for eternity Hamlet vows to do so and takes to put on an antic disposition Iv173 Through his feigned madness Hamlet causes the deaths of Polonius Rosencrantz Guildenstern and Ophelia Hamlet is a tragic play depicting the inner-struggle of Hamlet to uphold his fathers honour but at the same time confront and deal with the onrush of emotional disruption and confusion to his state of mind From this the uncertainty of
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