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observed of all observers,? (III.i.156-157). With the death of his father and the hasty, incestuous remarriage of his mother to his uncle, however, Hamlet is thrown into a suicidal frame of mind in which life seems boring and unpleasant, demonstrated when he states: ?O God, God How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable Seems to me all the uses of this world!? (I.ii.132-134). All that Hamlet is able to do in this frustrated state of mild insanity is to lash out with bitter satire at the evils he sees and then relapse into suicidal melancholy. It is in this state that he meets the equally mysterious figure of his father?s ghost with its supernatural revelations of murder and adultery and its injunction upon Hamlet to revenge his father?s murder. The spirits effect on Hamlet was truly

diabolical, and ensuing this oppressing encounter he decides to play the part of insanity, which he implements in order to prove his noxious uncle?s guilt, without arousing suspicion: ?Here, as before, never, so help you mercy, How strange or odd soe?er I bear myself, As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on,? (I.v.169-172). In opposition to the beliefs of his authentic insanity, Hamlet puzzles the court with what he claims to be an assumed madness. Which leaves it to be a difficult enigma in distinguishing whether or not the insanity is of solid background, or is merely a hoax played by the ingenious Hamlet. The mystery of Hamlet?s complex character attributes intensely to the exultation and success of Shakespeare?s masterpiece. This mystery marks

the essence of Hamlet?s character as it ultimately does for all human personalities. Bibliography William Shakespeare’s Hamlet 34f