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Hamlet In His Right Minds Eye Crazy or not crazy- That is the question The matter of Hamlets so called madness has been an item of debate since the first performance and will probably be a continuing argument well into the future I believe Hamlet was not crazy because he proves to be in complete control of his psyche in several parts of the play These three reasons are the main points of argument for Hamlets sanity His behaviors is only erratic in front of certain people he shows logic and reasoning in his plotting and finally actually admits to several people to be only acting mad These are hardly the actions of a madman First of all the fact that Hamlets irrational behavior emerges only in front of certain individuals shows he was only acting He acts insane in front of Polonius Claudius Gertrude and Ophelia while remaining perfectly normal in front of Horatio Marcellus the players and the gravedigger Hamlet convinces Ophelia of his madness by going into her room with a look so piteous in purport as if he had been loosed out of hell to speak of horrors2192and grabbed her and examined her face Then he let out a sigh so piteous and profound as it did seem to shatter all his bulk and end his being21106 After that incident Polonius believes that Hamlets madness is the very ecstasy of love21115 Claudius is convinced however that that is not the case He believes that something else is troubling Hamlet Love His affections do not that way tend Nor what he spake though it lacked form a little was not like madness theres something in his soul oer which his melancholy sits on brood 31176 After Hamlet kills Polonius Gertrude becomes completely convinced that Hamlet is Mad as the sea and the wind when both contend which is mightier417 With these characters convinced of his
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