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An Analysis of Madness in The Tragedy of Hamlet Was Hamlet mad This is the most asked question regarding The Tragedy of Hamlet There are many valid reasons to justify that Hamlet was insane but more examples of Hamlets sanity could be found Therefore Hamlet was mad but only in contemporary terms Of the numerous examples of rationality there were three most convincing the reasoning of Hamlets crazy appearance Hamlets alternating soundness around the different characters and Hamlets madness compared to true madness Surprisingly the novel displays Hamlet as one of the most sensible characters From the start of the play Hamlet could be perceived as a maverick The reasoning to this was due to an incident involving his mother Queen Gertrude and his uncle King Claudius During the plays opening an apparition of Hamlets father Old Hamlet confronted Prince Hamlet with a description of its death as a mortal In its explanation the newly appointed King Claudius Old Hamlets brother had assassinated Old Hamlet in order to marry Queen Gertrude and become the new king This had set forth a goal for Hamlet to avenge his fathers death But he did not want to directly approach this conclusion without any substantiation Consequently Hamlet decides that the best way to learn the truth without being fully criticized by others would be by acting illogically while announcing statements that would confirm King Claudiuss actions Evidence of this in the novel is when Hamlet states to his friends Horatio and Marcellus I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on 15171-172 In the course of swearing them to secrecy about the Ghost Hamlet adds that they cannot so much as hint that they know anything even if he should act strange or odd Other characters could sometimes notice that this madness was artificial Polonius was one of these characters as observed when he says Though this be madness yet there is method int
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