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Hamlets Madness What is it that classifies an individuals sanity How does one react when the obsession of destroying something is developed yet risks of experiencing psychological instability exist if he attempts to destroy that something is made In one of Shakespeares most renowned tragedies Hamlet the main character Hamlet faces that very dilemma Returning to Denmark to attend the funeral of his father the king and the remarriage of his mother to his uncle Claudius Hamlet is visited by his fathers ghost The ghost recounts his murder by Claudius and commands Hamlet to seek revenge Between the actual murder of Claudius one explores Hamlets complicated frame of mind and his madness Hamlets attitudes and actions throughout the play influenced at times by others illustrate that this madness is less than madness and more than feigned Hamlets role in the Danish society is one of high rank He is the son of the late king of Denmark Denmark at that time being the head of world affairs Hamlet is well known by all of his countrymen and therefore any open thoughts feelings or acts in a hostile manner will not be tolerated by them Hamlet purposely wears the mask of one that is mad as a result of his desire to be isolated from others In isolating himself from others Hamlet can fulfill his plan to avenge his fathers death What would be a more suitable way to attain solitude that behaving insanely The effect of his lunacy creates his isolation Disconnection from others was his intent as he states And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain Unmixd with baser matter yes by heaven I V ll 103-105 Hamlets insanity is also a reminder of his moral obligations Following his encounter with the ghost of his father Hamlet can only bring himself to recall the ghosts last words Adieu adieu Remember me I have swornt
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