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Theme of madness in hamlet The tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is perhaps one of William Shakespeares most popular works One of the possible reasons for the intense recognition of this play is the way Shakespeare uses Hamlet to illustrate the complex workings of the mind and how one must use deception in order to deceive others to get to the truth In Hamlet Shakespeare incorporates the theme of madness to serve a motive In fact Hamlet was not crazy but used the madness as a deception to achieve what he wanted Hamlet himself says That I essentially am not in madness but mad in craft He thought about everything he was doing and everything he was going to do Hamlet did in fact act like he was mad just so he could follow through on his plan to avenge his fathers death Hamlet acted like he was mad because he did not want to outright kill Claudius because he would probably go to heaven and Hamlet wanted to make him suffer like Claudius had made his father suffer Hamlet also knew that he could not go around telling people that Claudius killed his father just because a ghost told him so Therefore instead Hamlet masterminded a plan that made the King Claudius show his guilt and then he would have proof that Claudius did in fact kill his father Hamlets obsession with his mothers remarriage to his uncle contributes to his insanity In numerous occasions Hamlet will make a comment about the little time that it took for his mother to move into his uncles bed Sarcastically Hamlet states What should a man do but be merry For look you how cheerfully my mother looks and my father died withins two hours Unlike Hamlet Laertes has developed a different kind of madness a madness that is controlled by revenge When Laertes is talking to Claudius Laertes gets so much revenge building
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