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Shakespeare's tragic hero, Hamlet, and his sanity can arguably be discussed. Many portions
of the play supports his loss of control in his actions, while other parts uphold his
ability of dramatic art. The issue can be discussed both ways and altogether provide
significant support to either theory. There are indications from Hamlet throughout the
play of his mind's well being.

Hamlet's antic disposition may have caused him in certain times that he is in a roleplay.
Hamlet has mood swings as his mood changes abruptly throughout the play. Hamlet appears to
act mad when he hears of his father's murder. At the time he speaks wild and whirling
words:Why, right; you are I' the right; And so, without more circumstance at

all, I hold it fit that we shake hands and part_ [Act I, scene V, lines 127-134]. It seems
as if there are two Hamlets in the play, one that is sensitive and an ideal prince, and
the insane barbaric Hamlet who from an outburst of passion and rage slays Polonius with no
feeling of remorse, Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell! / I took thee for thy
better. Take thy fortune;/ Thou find'st to be too busy is some danger.- [Act III. scene
IV, lines 31-33] and then talks about lugging his guts into another room. After Hamlet
kills Polonius he will not tell anyone where the body is. Instead he assumes his ironic
matter which others take it as

madness. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. / A certain convocation of political
worms a e'en at him. [Act IV, scene III, lines 20-21]

If your messenger find him not there, seek him I' th' other place
yourself. But, indeed, if you find him not within this month, you
shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.
[Act IV, scene iii, lines 33-36].

Hamlet's behavior throughout the play, especially towards Ophelia is inconsistent. He
jumps into Ophelia's grave, and fights with Laertes in her grave. He professes I loved
Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers/Could not, with all their quantity of love,/ Make up my

sum [Act V, scene I, lines 250-253], during the fight with Laertes in Ophelia's grave, but
he tells her that he never loved her, when she returns his letters and gifts, while she
was still alive.

Hamlet subtly hints his awareness of his dissolving sanity as he tells Laertes that he
killed Polonius in a fit of madness [Act V, scene II, lines 236-250]

Hamlet has violent outbursts towards his mother. His outburst seems to be out of jealousy,
as a victim to the Oedipus complex. He alone sees his father's ghost in his mother's
chambers. Every other time the ghost appeared someone else has seen it. During

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