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Hamlet Madness of the prince of revenge In the story Hamlet written by William Shakespeare there is a son of a king that is involved in a complex plot of murder and deceit The sons name is hamlet Hamlet thought the play becomes progressively worse in his state of mind He begins to change from the beginning to the end of the play These changes are brought on by many different incidents and prove to worsen his mental composure and stature It will be shown how throughout the play the themes of revenge and madness often appear and how they change his mental state This sense of madness is not only shown in the main character Young Hamlet but also in the other characters From the beginning of the play Hamlet is depressed When asked about his depressed appearance and demeanour by Gertrude Hamlet replies Seems madam Nay it is I know not seems Here he is saying I am what I appear to be he is looks and acts depressed Also at this point in the play his sanity is clear Clearly Hamlet makes a statement about his mental health when he commits himself to avenge his fathers murder This quote allows the reader to follow Hamlets train of thought in his role as student mourning son and Prince of Denmark Ill wipe away all trivial fond records All saws of books all forms all pressures past That youth and observation copied there And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain In the time in which this play is set avenging the murder of a father was part of ones honour and had to be done In the above quote Hamlet is stating his commitment to avenge the death of his father and maintain his own honour At this point in the play there is little doubt about Hamlets state
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