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Consider bearing in mind contemporary beliefs about madness Shakespeares use of madness in Hamlet What responses do you as part of a modern audience have to the depiction of madness Hamlet is a tragedy written in the late sixteenth century Websters dictionary describes madness as the quality or state of being mad as a rage b insanity c extreme folly d ecstasy enthusiasm In this essay I will be exploring Hamlets madness and the other characters reaction to said madness I will also be commenting on how many of the points described in Websters dictionary are exhibited in Hamlets madness The strongest point about madness in Hamlet is that we as a reader are never quite sure whether Hamlet is actually going mad or whether it is all merely part of his plan In act 1 scene 5 Hamlet is confronted with the ghost of his dead father The dead king Hamlet tells his son of his foul and most unnatural murder The ghost of King Hamlet tells Young Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother and is to avenge his fathers death if thou didst ever thy dear father love revenge his foul and most unnatural murder After witnessing this apparition and hearing its plea to be avenged Hamlet vows to act mad as I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on act 1 scene 5 lines 171-172 This false madness can be used as a veil for Hamlet to hide behind For instance people will speak more freely in his presence as they will think he is mad and therefore will think he is making no sense of their conversations If he is caught out in any respect he can merely ham up the madness and therefore in effect get himself off the hook A factor to consider on the subject of Hamlets madness and whether it is genuine or calculated is the way in which
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