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Insanity In Hamlet

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Insanity is a thing which can be easily faked. A person could go into the streets, shriek wildly, say nonsense phrases, pick fights with strangers, and eventually the cops will be called on a report of some lunatic making a ruckus. Faking insanity for your own benefit, however, is harder to do successfully without any unintended consequences. Take for example Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, a play with the central theme of fabricated insanity for revenge purposes. Hamlet’s revenge scheme about faking his own insanity to eventually get close enough to murder his murderer uncle in a way to send him into the darkest depths of hell never to have mercy upon him ever again doesn’t go as he would have liked it to go, ending up with a death count of unforeseen proportions which, not according to plan, included himself. The actual faking of insanity, however, was brilliantly done by Hamlet, fooling everyone, including the audience at some points, into thinking he had actually lost some, if not all, of his marbles. This level of expressed lunacy from our dear Hamlet has let some conclude that he is truly mad. A group on the other side of the coin, however, has not pinned him as crazy, but instead as a psychopath using his craziness to his advantage. Psychopathy in humans can be either easy or hard to diagnose, depending on what sources you go to. One of the supposed ways of singling out a psychopath is to apply them to the Psychopathy Checklist - Revised (PCL-R), a set of 20 traits most
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