Benefits Of Cloning

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Is Hamlet truly mad or just acting???

The play Hamlet gives rise too many unanswered questions. Some of the questions may be : Was Ophelia's death suicide or accidental? Was Gertrude's death suicide or accidental?, etc. The most popular question people probably ask about the play is if Hamlet was truly mad or just acting. Madness is a major theme in Hamlet. There are many cases where people are portrayed as being mad. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet comes up with the idea to fake madness in order to confuse his enemies. In order for Hamlet to fulfill his duty of getting revenge, he must be totally sane. Hamlet's intellect make it seem too impossible for him to actually be mad. Hamlet is only acting mad in order to plan his revenge on Claudius.
        When Hamlet was informed that his uncle murdered his father, as a true son, he knew he had to get revenge. For Hamlet not to be discovered of what he knows and his plans, he plays the role of a madman to confuse his enemies.
                 I will seek the king. This is the very ecstasy of love,
whose violent property fordoes itself and leads the
will to desperate undertakings.
Polonius thinks that Hamlet is mad because his daughter rejected him. He later informs Claudius and Gertrude of his idea on the source of Hamlet's madness, who are also curious of Hamlet's sudden change in behaviour. Hamlet is successful in throwing off his enemies. Polonius and Claudius are totally oblivious to Hamlet's plans. They just think he is mad because he was rejected which is not the case. Even though Hamlet feigns madness, he knew he could never be truly mad or else it may have some grave consequences.

        In order for Hamlet to carry out his goal of revenge, he had to be totally sane. In Act I, he is warned by the ghost not to go mad and not to harm his mother. If Hamlet was truly mad, he would have done many unorthodox acts which would only wreck his plan of getting revenge. Hamlet's sanity is brought out here when he does not harm his mother. Gertrude has hurt Hamlet by betraying his father when she had an affair with Claudius and eventually marrying him. Since Hamlet does not kill her, it shows he is in full control of his mental state and that he is not controlled by his feelings like most mad people. Another reason why Hamlet is not mad is in the way he escaped his awaited execution in England. Hamlet knew that he was really being sent to England to be killed on the orders of Claudius. But once he saw a chance of escape on the pirate ship, he took this opportunity to board the ship which made him escape death, thus prolonging his life a little longer. If Hamlet was actually mad, it would be doubtful that he would know of Claudius' plans, and he most likely would have been executed. By not becoming insane, Hamlet's intellect was able to prevent him from making regretful mistake and also saving his life.

        Hamlet is far too intelligent to be mad. Hamlet's intelligence is first brought out in Act I, scene V when he plans on acting mad to confuse his enemies. Hamlet is also quick to figure out who his enemies and who are his real friends. "I know the good King and Queen have sent for you." Hamlet instantly knows that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not paying a social visit to Hamlet, but were in fact sent as spies for the King to find out the cause of his sudden madness. Hamlet immediately knows that he cannot trust his former school friends, and that he must take caution in what he says when is around the both of them. Hamlet's true intellect is brought out in Act III, scene II when he plans on putting on a play.
If his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech,
it is a damned ghost that we have seen, and my
imaginations are as foul as Vulcan's stithy.
When Hamlet comes up with a brilliant plan to put on a play about someone killing a King, he determines whether or not Claudius is guilty of murder, or if the ghost is really his dead father or an evil spirit whose setting him up to kill an innocent man. Hamlet coming up with a successful plan to prove Claudius' guilt shows that he in full control of his mental state, and that he is far too intelligent to be mad.

        Hamlet feigns madness so that he will be able to successfully get revenge on Claudius. In order for his plan not to be discovered, he has to fake madness in order to throw off his enemies. For his revenge plan to be a success, Hamlet will have to be perfectly sane so that he won't sabotage his plan in anyway, and to keep himself alive long enough to carry it out. Hamlet's plan on proving Claudius' guilt and whether or not the ghost is his dead father shows that Hamlet is too intelligent to be mad. If Hamlet was indeed mad, he would be too dim-witted to come up with such a clever plan.
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