Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

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In Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, the main character, Hamlet, discovers the truth, concerning his father’s death after an encounter with his father’s ghost. The truth propels him to take actions most of which violate social norms, so he is wrongly perceived as crazy. Hamlet takes advantages of this to justify killing Polonius. However, his defense does not possess any validity because he is not crazy. Hamlet’s madness is feigned because there are multiple people, including Hamlet, asserting that he is not crazy, it is evident he is utilizing his madness as a tool, and his madness is inconsistent. On several occasions, people acknowledge that Hamlet acts strange; however, they do not attribute his strange behavior to mental instability. Claudius suspects that Hamlet is not crazy when he asserts that “Nor what he spake, though it lacked form a little, was not like madness” (Shakespeare 133; Act 3). Claudius acknowledges that, even though Hamlet speaks in a peculiar way, it does not resemble the speech of insane people. Also, Claudius and Polonius design various plans in which he tries to identify the origin of Hamlet’s strange behavior. If Hamlet was insane, plans, with the purpose of identifying Hamlet’s behavior change, would be unnecessary. In essence, Claudius knows that Hamlet’s feign madness attributes to a deeper cause; otherwise, Claudius would not go through the trouble of spying on Hamlet. Guildenstern and Rosencrantz also fall prey to Hamlet’s deceiving act. Both…

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