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Sane vs Insane To be insane or not to be insane that is the question In Act IV Scene II Hamlet appears to go insane after Poloniuss death There are indications though that persuade me to think other wise Certainly Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point His day has been hectic he was finally determined that Claudius had killed his father the chance to kill Claudius confronted him he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father he accidentally kills Polonius thinking its Claudius and his fathers ghost visits him once again These situations are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity but he remains sharp and credible Hamlet is able to make smart remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comparing them to sponges When he Claudius needs what you have gleaned it is but squeezing you and sponge you shall be dry again pg 98 line 20 This is random and unexpected as many of his other actions but the comparison makes sense Rosencrantz and Guildenstern soak up all the Kings favors only to become dry again after they mop up the Kings mess spying on Hamlet and finding Poloniuss body Later with Claudius Hamlet tells how modest a king can be by saying A man beggar may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm pg 99 line 29 This also makes sense and is not quite as random When Hamlet confronts Claudius and the King asks where Polonius is Hamlet immediately begins the comparison by telling Claudius that Polonuis is at supper the worms are eating him for supper and so on This proves that Hamlet had some kind of planning for this degrading comment and that his thoughts are not scattered and he is able to stay focused There is a question of what insanity really is Since it is
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