Hamlet theme #2

Hamlet theme #2 - cannot turn to philosophy which cannot...

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Morales Hamlet’s Descent into insanity or a Clever Ploy? Hamlet certainly displays a high degree of mania and instability throughout much of the play. Under the extraordinary pressure of grief from his father’s death, his mother’s marriage, and the responsibility of avenging his father’s death, Hamlet is understandably distraught. He can no longer trust society, which is full of hypocrisy and violence, because of his mother’s betrayal of his father’s memory and the murder of King Hamlet by the king’s brother. And he
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Unformatted text preview: cannot turn to philosophy, which cannot explain ghosts or answer his moral questions. However, his “madness” is perhaps too purposeful and pointed for us to conclude that he actually loses his mind. His language may be erratic and wild, but he still makes acute observations. Most likely, Hamlet’s decision to feign madness is a sane one, taken to confuse his enemies and hide his intentions. Nevertheless, it can also be debated that he may not be mad but likely close to the edge of insanity...
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