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The Shakespearian play Hamlet Prince of Denmark offers a puzzling main character by presenting an apparent sane man portraying an insane one for revenge The question of Hamlets lucidity is perceptible throughout the play At first glance the view of Hamlet is simply a heartbroken individual bent on revenge He is seen having lost a father to death a mother to remarriage and a kingdom to his uncle in a span of two months However as the play progresses extenuating circumstances and events arise that speed the deterioration of his mind Therefore the notion of Hamlet being a sane individual playing the role of a madman can be disputed with an in depth analysis of his character actions and a diagnosis of schizophrenia The temperament of Hamlet can allude to his mindset throughout the play In other words by studying Hamlets view of himself an answer to the stability of his mind is provided The first clue is in act one scene two where he makes a comment about the king My fathers brother but no more like my father Than I to Hercules 152-153 this quote is stating Hamlet doubts his strength andor heroic capabilities The next indication is in the statement Haste me to knowt that I with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love May sweep me to my revenge 15 29-31 In this passage he inquired to the ghost to inform him about his fathers murder so it will anger him into revenge However by the end of the scene Hamlet has lost heart and is unsure of himself Another clue can be found in the quote O what a rogue and peasant slave I am 22 550 Here he blames himself for his lack of passion and accuses himself of cowardice The final clue is in his famous suicidal thoughts To be or not to be Hamlet is questioning the living and if he
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