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The most controversial question arising out of William Shakespeares Hamlet is whether or not Prince Hamlet is sane or not On the surface which the characters in the play see Hamlet very obviously is acting like an insane person Its only on a deeper level that we as an audience are able to understand his actions and perceive them to be sane acts all part of a like plan An abundance of evidence exists to support this perception Even at times when Hamlets actions are so hysterical and morally wrong there are always good reasons For a prince who has suffered through his fathers murder along with his mothers quick marriage to his uncle Hamlet never once displays any acts that are not sane After learning of his fathers unnatural death in the first act Hamlets plan is born He tells Horatio he will put on an antic disposition and feign madness Hamlet also tells Horatio not to worry and to ignore the strange things he will do and say because its all part of the plan Hamlet must kill Claudius to avenge his father The reason for the antic disposition going along with the plan is to draw away suspicion from himself and not get punished when he does kill the King Its true that people are hurt and die but nevertheless the plan is brilliant and obviously drawn out by a sane person A load of support is available to prove Hamlet was not insane For example Hamlets madness is only apparent to the audience when he is around only certain characters He acts crazy and unreasonable around Claudius Gertrude Ophelia Polonius Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but around Horatio Marcellus Bernardo the Players and the Gravedigger Hamlet is perfectly sensible and realistic But that is what the plan called for feigned madness towards people who are a threat to expose him and his intent In act III scene 4 Hamlet confronts his mother
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