Hamlet: The Irrational Prince Essay

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Has the Prince of Denmark gone mad? Or has he simply disguised his intensions by acting like a lunatic? In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, named Hamlet, is the main character that’s going to avenge is fallen father. Shakespeare makes the audience wonder if Hamlet is really mad or he is just presenting some excellent acting skills that make it seem as if he has really gone insane. We must consider if he has gone mad, could be due to the loss of his father and if he is just simply acting mad, could that be to confuse his enemies? And hide is intensions?
One thing is for certain and that is Hamlet cannot act on his words. He is excellent at expressing himself verbally either to others or to himself but cannot act on them which
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This is an excellent reason for Hamlet to pretend that he is mad. He is too much of a coward to simply go and kill Claudius and by acting crazy he will gain valuable information. While he acts mad, he is hiding his intensions of his plan to murder Claudius. Claudius see’s Hamlet as no threat because he has gone mad. Hamlet in fact is also presented as very clever to come with the plan to act mad. By acting insane Hamlet will confuse his enemies and at the same time hide his intensions which is very ingenious but at the same time much more time consuming then simply going and murdering Claudius without having the need to put on an act on madness. Even though Hamlet has put on this act of madness, in time, he will be confused to weather he is really insane or sane and conform to being mad. While being in the act of madness, Hamlet is able to get away with things that he normally would not be able to get away with such as swearing and being very disrespectful towards Ophelia, Claudius, Polonius and Gertrude. Hamlet is also unable to take responsibility for the murder of Polonius, blaming his madness and using that as an excuse for the killing of Polonius. If Hamlet was not mad and he killed Polonius, he would face a lot more problems and will face punishment for his actions but since he was ‘mad’ when he killed Polonius, he is simply
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