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In William Shakespeares play Hamlet one of the most important issues is Hamlets sanity in which many question his thoughts and actions In the beginning Hamlet and Ophelia are sane but as the play progresses Shakespeare slowly shows how their minds deteriorate and how Hamlet goes crazy An example of Hamlets insanity is when he tells Ophelia to Get thee to a nunnery in Scene i of Act III He is being cruel to Ophelia by telling her to go to this whorehouse Then in the end Hamlet is sane and protests his own love and grief for Ophelia to Laertes He says I loved Ophelia Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum showing that he did love her a lot Hamlets sanity is a controversy surrounding the play We dont know if he actually loses his mind or if he only pretends to as he claims The answer is probably that his decision to feign madness is a sane one he has a strategic move to confuse his enemies and conceal his intentions On the other hand his mind is so troubled confused and desperate in the absence of any truth that his pretense assumes the intensity of real madness and something of its quality as well Another time of insanity is when Polonius reports his discovery that Hamlet is mad for love in Act II Scene ii Polonius had seen this hot love on the wing and Hamlet is into the madness wherein he now raves Hamlet is in love with Ophelia and had written a letter about his love for Ophelia which Polonius found and read The final example of Hamlets insanity is when he talks to the ghost in Act III Scene iii The ghost reminds Hamlet that his real purpose is to avenge his fathers death during Hamlets attack And since Gertrude cannot see the ghost she says Alas hes mad
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