Hamlet Crazy Quotes Analysis

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In the play Hamlet acts mad. He is not crazy however but is merely pretending to be. Before he begins this act he tells Horatio and Marcellus what he is about to do. Polonius notices that there is too much sense in Hamlets charade for him to be truly crazy. Hamlet makes sure his uncle is guilty of murder before enacting his revenge. Hamlet is not insane because; He tells people that he will pretend to be, He makes a lot of sense even when he is supposedly crazy, and He acts insane at highly convenient times. Hamlet tells his friends that he will pretend to be crazy. He says to Horatio and Marcellus: Here as before, never, so help you mercy, How strange or odd soe’er I bear myself, As I perchance shall think meet To put an antic disposition on, (I, V, 171-173). In this quote Hamlet tells them that no matter how strange he is acting, they should not be alarmed because he is going to feign insanity. He tells them this so that they do not go around telling people that a ghost made him mad. Pretending to be mad will help hamlet in revenging his father. Hamlet choses when he acts mad and puts thought to his actions. He greets the players warmly and instructs them on a…show more content…
He insults Polonius calling him a Whore-Monger. After this exchange Polonius remarks “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't” (II, II, 204). Meaning that Hamlet could be mad but that there seems to be intent behind his madness. When Rozencranz and Guildenstern visit Hamlet he receives them kindly until he learns they are spying for his mother. He then increases his feigned madness. Guildenstern reports to the queen afterwards, saying that Hamlet “with a crafty madness, keeps aloof”. Hamlet is called to his mother’s chamber and while there he admits that “I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft” (III, IV, 187-188). He is being crafty by hiding in madness to keep people off
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