Hamlet : Five Acts Of Acting

844 WordsOct 19, 20154 Pages
Hamlet: Five Acts of Acting William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is a dramatic play, or perhaps a number of plays within a play. Hamlet himself is the greatest actor throughout the play. The acting motif, used in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is mirrored through practically every scene and affects each character. Hamlet definitely acts throughout the play, although it is passionately debated whether or not his ‘madness’ is fictitious. Hamlet may be acting—attempting to concoct this madness as part of a revenge tactic on his uncle, Claudius. The ruse of his madness may enable him priviledge into private conversation where he could gain knowledge surrounding events of the supposed murder of his father. The events that lead Hamlet to his madness are not clear, but it is certain that Hamlet slowly loses his sanity throughout the play. Hamlet begins to lose his sense of reality during his ‘act’ of madness leading the reader to believe his unpredictable behavior isn’t just an act anymore. The circumstances he has to manage emotionally are difficult, to say the least. Succumbing to physical violence when under extreme stress shows that Hamlet may have deeper-set issues than merely acting mad. Many other incidents happen throughout the play showing Hamlet acting, not only in madness. For instance, Ophelia tells Polonius of Hamlet playing the part of a rejected lover. “And he, repelled—a short tale to make—fell into a sadness, then into a fast, thence to a watch, thence into a weakness,
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