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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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In 1603, William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. The play is divided into six acts and is set in medieval Denmark. It is about Hamlet’s revenge on his uncle, Claudius, for murdering his father. Hamlet is widely considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest achievements; hundreds of theories have been spawned over the past four centuries. However, one of the most interesting aspects is the psychology behind it. There is plenty of psychological depth behind Hamlet’s madness. One could easily argue that Hamlet isn’t actually mad. Hamlet understands that it wouldn’t be wise to immediately kill Claudius because that means Claudius would be sent to heaven. This doesn’t sit well with Hamlet and feels that Claudius deserves to suffer. Hamlet uses the situation of his father being murdered and concludes that acting mad is the only way to fix the situation. Hamlet uses madness to serve as a motive for following through on his plan to avenge his father’s death; he thought about everything he was going to do in advance. In act two; Polonius says: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” (Act II, Scene II, page 96) This infers that Polonius understands the logic behind Hamlet’s behavior. Hamlet knew that he couldn’t go around telling people that Claudius killed his father simply because a ghost told him so. Hamlet knew he would have to devise a well thought out plan that would show Claudius’s guilt, which would naturally prove that he killed Hamlet’s father. Although
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