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Insanity is an ever growing black hole which envelopes the pitiful mind of the its victim The mental condition of Hamlet is an example of substance vs accident The substance is he is not insane and accident is that he is acting to be insane to trick everyone in the castle to believe he is insane The mental condition of Hamlet has been well debated throughout the years even though in Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet does admit that his madness is an elaborate scheme Through his actions and emotions are prevalent through the play Hamlet does indeed prove his insanity despite his denial of it Another fact to strengthen the idea of his insanity is his treatment of his beloved girlfriend Ophelia and his loving mother Gertrude One might find it difficult to ponder the thought of any sane person denouncing their love for their lover without showing the slightest hint of sadness Another piece of evidence that is quite convincing that he could truly be insane is that he murdered three people in cold blood and did not feel the slightest remorse for doing so The lack of guilt should be proof enough that his mind was not all there On the other hand he seemed to be fairly sane Hamlet was very intelligent to even think to be insane Hamlet puts on an antic disposition which gives him power over everyone else He says to himself what he is doing I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put on an antic disposition He believed if he acted insane before he killed Claudius people would not be so harsh on him or until he told them the truth about how Claudius killed his father so he could become king There is a lot
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