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Greiner 1 Jeff Greiner Interpretation of Literature Mark Mattes 1 April 2008 Hamlet In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet , the main character Hamlet feigns madness in order to attain the opportunity to avenge his father through killing Claudius. Throughout the story Hamlet’s acting is so precise that it is questionable whether or not he has actually gone mad. However, Hamlet’s thought process, specifically in his decision not to kill Claudius as he was praying, is still intelligent enough to show characteristic of a perfectly sane person. Hamlet enters the room in which Claudius is alone, knelt and praying. Hamlet draws his sword and talks himself through what he is about to do, until his logic takes into consideration the situation. While Claudius killed his father before he ever had a chance to ask forgiveness of his sins, he would be doing Claudius the favor of sending him to Heaven if he were to kill him as he were praying for forgiveness; Why this is hire and salary, not revenge. ‘A took my father grossly, full of bread,
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