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Is Hamlet Mad?
Hamlet Is Mad.
Hamlet shows a variety of symptoms that today would be diagnosed as mental illness.
A number of characters in the play are led to believe, and report, that Hamlet is mad.
The 'ghost' which Hamlet sees at the outset of the play (Act 1, Scene v) is a hallucination, which only speaks and interacts fully with him when there is nobody else present to confirm if it is real.
Hamlet's behaviour throughout the play indicates his evident madness.
It depends entirely on the production and context.
Hamlet proceeds throughout the play in order to exact his revenge in a method that is collected and building up towards a goal. A mad person would not have been able to accomplish a life goal, especially a hard one such as regicide.
Hamlet states throughout the play that his madness is a ruse.
True madness is seen more in Ophelia than in Hamlet; she is the character to truly become out of touch with reality, and there is no question of artifice.
The play would be made weaker if Hamlet's madness was genuine.
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