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Ever since the first production of William Shakespeares Hamlet audiences and scholars have debated over the question of whether or not Hamlets madness is real or feigned Hamlets moods seem to change from one scene to the next leaving the kingdom and readers wondering what are his true intentions and state of mind During most of the play Hamlets true intentions ie the revenge of his fathers death are not revealed and the kingdom willing believes that he is in deed mad A love of acting enables him to feign madness and to appear a grieved love stricken Prince in order to find the perfect opportunity to enact his revenge It is necessary for him to feign madness in order to successfully fulfill his obligations as a Prince to find the truth about his fathers death and to find the peace in himself that justice will be served Hamlet is melancholy in his first appearance He is in mourning over the death of his father The black clothes he wears reflects his dark mood His mother the Queen is concerned that he has mourned long enough and needs to get on with his life In his response Hamlet states Seems Madam Nay it is I know not seems Tis not alone my inky cloak good mother Nor customary suits of solemn black Nor windy suspiration of forced breath No nor the fruitful river in the eye Nor the dejected havior of the visage Together with all forms moods shapes of grief That can denote me truly These indeed seem For they are actions that a man might play But I have within which passeth show- These but the trappings and the suits of woe Iii81-91 Hamlet is revealing the depth of loss he has for his father This melancholy should not be mistaken for madness He is truly grieving for his father and will later do whatever it takes in order to avenge him He
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