The Perfect Con Man, Hamlet

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Hamlet was not insane, but he was conniving, and an amazing actor. In this day and age, Hamlet would have made the perfect con man. In the first Act in the play, Hamlet is the last person to see his deceased father. Granted, Hamlet is the only one to speak to the ghost and he is by himself when he does, but the guards and even Horatio, “Before (his) God, (he) might not this believe. . . Without the sensible and true avouch. . . Of (his) eyes. (Act I Scene I Lines 56-8)” serve as witnesses that there is indeed a ghost and it is not just a figment of Hamlet’s imagination. Hamlet also reveals his ability to manipulate his behavior to achieve a desired effect; he blatantly tells Horatio “How strange or odd some'er I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on) That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumbered thus, or this headshake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase… to note That you know aught of me-(Shakespeare I.V,190-201). He himself devised that he would act insane from time to time and Horatio should pay no mind.
Every time Hamlet “acts” insane, it is only around certain people. When he is around Polonius, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern Hamlet acts insane, but when Hamlet is around Horatio, Bernardo, Fransico, the players, and the gravediggers he acts sane and well(Munro, Gary). The gentlemen Hamlet is sane with are trusted friends, people he knows would not inform the
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