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Hamlet Great literary works retain their popularity as a result of many different factors One such factor which can lead to popularity of a work current or consistent discussion of a works merit can come into play when an author or playwright leaves questions unanswered in his work In Hamlet William Shakespeare creates such a situation As a result of the ambiguity of clues given throughout this play critics may argue for or against the idea that Prince Hamlets antic disposition put on as a facade to mislead the royal family pales in comparison to the disposition of Hamlets problems or in other words that Hamlet in fact truly succumbs to insanity due to the weakness of his character Evidence for this opinion can be derived from Hamlets erratic mood changes careless slaughter of those not directly involved in the murder of his father and interactions with the ghost of King Hamlet For a man thought to be feigning insanity Prince Hamlet seems to have very little control of his emotions In fact Hamlet admits this to Horatio when he says Sir in my heart there was a kind of fighting that would not let me sleep52 lines 4-5 This lack of restraint leads to Hamlets unpredictable mood swings throughout the play Hamlets relationship with Ophelia easily spawns such dramatic alterations in the princes attitude For example when Hamlet first suspects Ophelia acting only as a pawn for her father Poloniuss benefit he reacts rashly bitterly denying that he ever loved her Hamlet said to Ophelia in a very firm and rude manner You should not have believed me for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it I loved you not31 lines 117-119 This massive reversal in disposition is later contrasted by another reversal when Hamlet leaps into Ophelias open grave at her funeral to dispute Laretes and claim I loved Ophelia forty thousand brothers could not with
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