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Have we all gone mad Did you ever ask yourself have we all gone mad It seems that in our time confusion disorder and madness seem to reign chaotically throughout the world Then we seem to look at ourselves and wonder who really is mad The people around us are so diverse that we sometimes forget what normal is and we falsely accuse others of being insane The presence of madness is also a very integral part of some great literary works Shakespeare for example used several mad characters in his brilliant plays Hamlet and Macbeth In the writings the reader has to decide who really is mad and how far off the deep end did they go The use of madness illustrates to the reader that even in earlier times people were considered to be sick in the mind As further illustrated the presence of madness is quite evident and plays a strong role in the formation of the plot in Shakespeares writings of Hamlet and Macbeth It is evident that in both Hamlet and Macbeth there is proof of madness in some of the minor characters The issue of madness in any form of writing shows the reader that there must be something plaguing the characters to make them act so foolishly In Hamlet this foolish person would be the daughter of Polonius Ophilia She puts on quite a display for the reader when she comes into the castle and appears very upset and as many would say mad She enters into the room and begins to sing and respond to everyone with a different verse Then she sings You must sing A-down a-down and you call him a-down-a O how the wheel becomes it H45170-171 This display of childish singing shows that Ophilia is distressed because of her fathers death and she can not handle the shock She leaves the scene and the play by saying And of
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