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Throughout Shakespeares play Hamlet Hamlet is described as mad by the other characters as he encounters the ghost of his father in Act I as he kills Polonius and confronts his mother in Act III and ultimately when he confronts Laertes and Claudius in the final scene But this madness is a broad term used by the characters and Shakespeare to refer to the actions taken by Hamlet while he is in this state of mind With all things taken into account this lunacy can actually be seen to be a facade put on by him a type of feigned madness meant to deceive and entrap Claudius Some of the most obvious evidence of Hamlets mental confidence and lack of insanity is when he is talking to himself Shakespeare uses his soliloquies and asides to demonstrate this to the audience but his appearance of confusion indecision and nervousness leads the other characters to label him mad This is established quite early in the play and much of the following action revolves around Hamlets scheming under the disguise of madness Shakespeare shows that madness can be used describe something as trivial as Hamlets first signs of lunacy as well as true insanity as we see in Ophelia Also included in the definition is the passion and obsession that Hamlet displays in later Acts in the pursuit of his revenge At the start of the play Hamlet is shown to be mourning his fathers death As the queen encourages him to look to the future he responds angrily to her suggestion that he appears to be grieving But I have within which passeth show these but the trappings and the suits of woe We see immediately the kind of strained relationship that Hamlet has with Claudius and the his attempts to win over Hamlet or at least to control him From the outset then we see that Hamlet is not entirely at peace with himself and
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