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Shakespeare had a way of capturing his audience with tragic plays filled with controversy One of the most controversial and well known of these plays is Hamlet This is a play that depicts a son Prince Hamlet on an expedition to avenge his fathers death Throughout the entirety of the story Shakespeare emphasizes the opinions that those surrounding Hamlet take on The belief of those closest to him is that with the death of his father he has gone mad and does not know how to cope with the rest of the world The interpretation that the audience has in analyzing Hamlet the play is often defined by the impression he has in watching Hamlets actions as a spectator Over the years it has been debated whether or not Hamlets actions were actually the result of his going insane or an outright plot against the man who not only killed his father but also stole the throne and bride his father once held dear This man was his uncle Claudius In order to take a correct position on this topic it is important to understand the definition of insanity As defined by Encarta Dictionary English North America an online dictionary insanity is a lack of reason or good sense Hamlets actions do not coincide with this definition and in essence make him a sound man of reason Prince Hamlets actions have to do with a depression problem in which he feigns madness in order to make his actions appear innocent Every move that he makes is a well thought out and well delivered thrust at uncovering Claudius treasonous crime What Hamlet unintentionally accomplishes is the restoration of order to a society that got itself caught up in the catch-22 of chaos Being perceived as a madman in the Elizabethan age was indeed a laughing matter for all but the sufferer For the majority of those found insane it meant that life as they knew it
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