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Is Hamlet Mad?
The cultural and political understanding brought to the play by an audience has a large influence on whether or not they would consider Hamlet mad.
Hamlet's behaviour towards Ophelia may have been viewed by Elizabethan audiences as humorous and forgivable products of his ruse. Modern audiences may see his behaviour as unacceptable sexual and emotional abuse and may conclude that he is genuinely mad as a result.
A culture or social setting where madness is misunderstood or mistrusted would read Hamlet's madness very differently, and potentially find it more frightening or dangerous.