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Hamlets Madness Shakespeares tragic hero Hamlet and his sanity can arguably be discussed Many portions of the play support his loss of control in his actions while other parts uphold his ability of dramatic art The issue can be discussed both ways and altogether provide significant support to either theory There are also indications from Hamlet throughout the play of his minds well being Hamlet has mood swings as his mood changes abruptly throughout the play Hamlet appears to act mad when he hears of his fathers murder He says Why right you are I the right And so without more circumstance at all I hold it fit that we shake hands and part Act I scene V lines 127-134 It seems as if there are two Hamlets in the play one that is sensitive and one that is an ideal prince When he is insane and barbaric he has an outburst of rage and slays Polonius with no feeling of remorse Hamlet says Thou wretched rash intruding fool farewell I took thee for thy better Take thy fortune Thou findst to be too busy is some danger Act III scene IV lines 31-33 Hamlets behavior throughout the play especially toward Ophelia is inconsistent He jumps into Ophelias grave and fights with Laertes in her grave He professes I loved Ophelia Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum Act V Scene I lines 250-253 Hamlet has violent outbursts towards his mother His outburst seems to be out of jealousy as a victim to the Oedipus complex He alone sees his fathers ghost in his mothers chambers Every other time the ghost appeared someone else has seen it During this scene he finally shows his madness because his mother does not see the ghost On him on him Look you how pale he glares His form and cause conjoined preaching to stones would make them capable Act
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