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Hamlet's Madness Essay

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Hamlet's Madness`What is madness? Is someone mad merely because they are different, and do they in return see the same about the world? The dictionary defines madness as,"1. the state of being mad; insanity.2. senseless folly.3. frenzy; rage.4. intense excitement or hilarity."Though is there a difference between madness and wrath or rage? Was Hamlet mad, or was it one big act in order to give reason for his irrational actions and to keep his vengeful motives confidential?In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, these questions are continually asked and some are answered. Hamlet, the protagonist, has lost his father by murder, and is urged to seek vengeance by his father who appears to him as a ...view middle of the document...

This incident shows Hamlet's wanting others to think that he is truly mad. But was it his insanity that brought about the rash action of killing the unknown man behind the tapestry or was it his postponed revenge that consumed him. Is there a difference?Hamlet in many incidence's tells people of his insanity, he tells Guildenstern that he is mad.Guildenstern: My lord, we were sent for.Hamlet: I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the King and Queen molt no feather. I have late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all customs of exercises, and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition...Hamlet trusts neither Rosencrantz or Guildenstern. Since he is no friend to either of them, he decides that they might as well think he is insane, in addition to this, he knows that whatever he tells them, will be relayed back to the King and Queen. It is for the better that he does not trust the two because it is them who try to carry out his death sentence. In another...

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