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English-12Kenneth Valero Delucia12000 In the drama Hamlet ideas have been formed to explain Hamlets inability to avenge his fathers murder Such premises are that Hamlet is pretending to be emotionally disturbed and is secretly plotting to carry out his revenge and that Hamlet is so corrupted by grief that he is really insane and incapable of action There are many instances that support the idea that Hamlet is pretending to be crazy in the play The plot begins when Hamlets fathers ghost appears and charges him to avenge his murder by assassinating Claudius Upon accepting this he makes his companions swear never to reveal what has taken place on that evening He tells them As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on 15191-192 This clearly reveals that Hamlet is planning to act insane so he can achieve his murder plot Through the next act Hamlet quickly demonstrates to the other characters that he is mad by playing as the victim of a passionate love affair with Ophelia Polonius even connects Hamlets madness to the very ecstasy of love 21114 However when actually speaking in Ophelias presence Hamlet really seems to be unstable Instead of simply convincing her he is mad he insults her by saying get thee to a nunnery 31131 and saying that he never loved her Later in the play at Ophelias funeral procession Hamlet professes that he loved Ophelia more than forty thousand brothers could have loved her An explanation to this incongruity rests on Hamlets relationship with his mother In the mind of Hamlet he is naturally unstable when dealing with women because he believes his mother betrayed his fathers memory by marrying Claudius the kings own brother so soon after his fathers murder Hamlet is disgusted with his mother and condemns her for sin in the rank sweat of an enseamed bed Stewed in corruption honeying and making love Over thy nasty sty
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