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Hamlet the Prince of Denmark son to Queen Gertrude and to the late King Hamlet and nephewstep-son to the new King Claudius Hamlet is depressed bitter and full of hate for his uncle and disgusted at his mother for marrying his uncle so quickly after his father died And in the play he uses his madness to confuse scare and to express some of his true feelings In Act II scene ii Polonius attempts to strike up a conversation with Hamlet who appears insane insults Polonius without him ever really realizing He calls Polonius a fishmonger IIii174 like he didnt recognize him and then a couple seconds later Hamlet asks Have you a daughter IIii182 thus confusing Polonius because two seconds ago Hamlet didnt know who Polonius was Polonius comments that while Hamlet is clearly mad his replies are sometimes pregnant with meaning IIii206 In Act III scene ii Hamlet asks Polonius if he sees the cloud thats almost in shape of a camel IIIii370-371 and he replies that it does looks like a camel IIIii372 Next Hamlet says that it looks more like a weasel IIIii373 and stupidly Polonius replies that it is backd like a weasel IIIii374 Hamlet is deliberately playing the fool with Polonius just to make him look stupid But Polonius is too scared to say anything back because he probably believes it is dangerous to cross a madman Many of Hamlets seemingly insane statements have truth and are a way for Hamlet to express some of his true feelings Hamlet doesnt like Polonius and he uses his madness to insult him without Polonius realizing that hes doing it he figures its just the insanity talking He makes fun of Poloniuss appearance he says old men have grey beards their faces are wrinkled and they have lack of wit IIii98-200 Hamlet reads these lines from a book so it escapes from being a direct insult Hamlet is angry
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