Madness Or Eccentric Behavior? Essay

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Madness or Eccentric Behavior?
The tragedy of Hamlet is one filled with superbly foolish situations. Riddled with misunderstandings all centering around the antic disposition, madness and sheer stupidity of its characters. It 's very important that we are able to differentiate between these states of mind. We need to be able to categorize each character into each field because it reveals and explains their actions pretty fantastically. So, it is imperative to ask ourselves, who are the mad ones really? Those with vision who refuse to see, or those who see all and blind themselves as a result? Faced with this question, it is clear that Hamlet is not the mad one in this tale rather everyone around him is mad.
The character of whose mental capacity is most commonly put into question is our very own Hamlet himself. He is the one most making a show of his madness, yet is it not funny how he is the only one capable of seeing the truth? Hamlet is the only one willing to acknowledge the situation for what it is. His uncle has murdered his father, stolen his crown, and married his mother. This should not be acceptable, and yet Hamlet is the only one who sees this:
“Within a month,
Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her gallèd eyes,
She married. O most wicked speed, to post
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not nor it cannot come to good,
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.” (Act 1, scene 2, lines 155-162)
Why must Hamlet…

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