Theme Of Madness In Hamlet Essay Research — страница 2
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this is (hire) and (salary,) not revenge. He took my father grossly, full of bread,” (Act 3 scene 3 page 167) This quote is about Hamlet’s father not going to heaven because he could not confess his sins before he died. Hamlet could not kill Claudius while he was praying because he would go to heaven. He doesn’t kill him, but rather he decides that he’ll wait and kill him later so he can suffer like his father did. This proves that Hamlet is not mad because if he were mad he would not have thought about the consequences of killing Claudius; he just would have done it right then and there. Later (Act 3 scene 4 page 183) Hamlet is talking with his mother and the ghost while Polonius is hiding behind the curtain. Hamlet thinks that it is Claudius who is spying on him and his mother. He draws his knife and stabs into the curtain killing Polonius. Then Hamlet says to his mother in (Act 3 scene 4 page 183) “Make you to ravel all this matter out That I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft. “Twere good you let him know,” This quote from Hamlet to his mother is where he confesses to her that he is not mad and is only pretending. After everyone found out about Polonius’s stabbing, they thought that Hamlet’s behaviour was an act of insanity. No one really paid attention to Hamlet’s insane actions because they thought that he was mad over the lost love of Ophelia. This was a good cover up for Hamlet because it was a total accident that Polonius was stabbed since the intended victim was Claudius. In conclusion, Hamlet was not mad. In fact, he was smart and swift thinking. Skilfully, he predicted the consequences of his actions, in such a way that the people around him would be led to believe that he was mad. Actually, he was making a big plan to revenge his father’s murder by killing his uncle Claudius.