Hamlet Is Mad

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Hamlet is Mad
In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, there was quite a controversy to whether the main character, Hamlet, pretended to be mad or was indeed mad. Throughout the play, Hamlet put-on an act of madness to appear innocent, however, through Hamlets desire for revenge his illusion of madness became reality. This was shown through Hamlets change in character, his confession of madness, and his hallucination of the ghost of his father. Firstly, Hamlet’s pursuit for revenge drove him mad, which in turn changed his character. This was shown when Hamlet accidentally killed Polonius thinking that he was Claudius. Hamlet originally was an intelligent scholar, not a soldier who fought battles. Hamlet was not the type of person to commit murder and take someone’s life. Hamlet’s desire to attain revenge drove him mad with thoughts of murdering his culprit. Furthermore, after Hamlet killed Polonius he admitted to Laertes that it was madness that drove him to commit murder. In act 5, scene 2, Hamlet said to Laertes, “What I have done that your nature, honour, and exception roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness”. In Hamlet’s complete speech to Laertes, the tone was very serious. This showed that what Hamlet said was not another one of his acts of madness. Therefore, Hamlet himself admitted to his madness, which killed Polonius. Lastly, Hamlet’s hallucinations of the ghost of his father proved that Hamlet was mad. During the scene with Hamlet and Gertrude in her chamber, Hamlet accused Gertrude of betraying his father; but, his speech was interrupted by the ghost of his father. In the first appearances of the ghost, there were multiple characters that could see him; however, in this seen only Hamlet could see the ghost. This implied that the ghost must have been a hallucination caused by Hamlet’s madness. In conclusion, Hamlet may have used madness to cover…...

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