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The madness of Hamlet has always been a topic of controversy when discussing William Shakespeares Tragedy of Hamlet In this play the tragic hero contemplates his own concepts of moral judgment and in the process may be considered mad Hamlet both feigns madness and actually has some characteristics of a madman His madness is defined by his inability to decide between right and wrong and to make appropriate decisions based on standards of society Hamlets mere circumstances at the opening of the play are a major contributing factor to his madness His father King Hamlet has just been murdered his mother Gertrude has married his uncle Claudius only a month after her late husband died stripping Hamlet from his natural right to the throne The loss of his father as well as his uncles new role as King of Denmark and father to Hamlet contribute to Hamlets disturbed mental state The play illuminates this trapped position Hamlet experiences both in circumstances and in his own mental state The first sign the audience receives that Hamlet may be mad is after his encounter with Ophelia Ophelia is Hamlets secret love and her father has forbidden her to see Hamlet any more She must discontinue her relationship with Hamlet but she can give Hamlet no reason for her rejecting him She has returned his letters and presents My lord I have remembrances of yours That I have longed long to redeliver I pray you now receive them 129 Hamlet receives no explanation for his loves actions He confronts Ophelia yet it frightens her and makes Polonius think Hamlet is mad Hamlet could either be extremely upset or insane but Polonius attributes his actions to madness Ophelias rejection hath made him mad I feared he did but trifle And meant to wrack
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