Hamlets Hoax In Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Hamlet’s Hoax In the commonly known children’s story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll, Alice dreams herself into a world that makes no sense. A world where up means down, big is small, left is right, and sane is insane. Wonderland in Alice’s eyes appeared absurd and Alice to those in Wonderland, seemed bizarre. Upon meeting Alice, the Mad Hatter told her, “You’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” The Mad Hatter is alluding to the fact that insanity is defined by a society as acting and thinking different than everyone else. Everyone is a little crazy in their own way, but that doesn’t make them mentally ill. Just as Alice was considered mad to those in Wonderland, Prince Hamlet was considered mad in Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Although Hamlet is seen as crazy when he really isn’t, this is all part of his plan. Hamlet fakes his madness throughout the entire play as a ploy to receive his revenge and avenge his father. The main reasoning behind Hamlet’s crazy gimmick is to buy him time to confirm Claudius’s guilt and devise a revenge scheme. By acting crazy he’s not posed as a real threat, because crazy people do not have the mental capacity to concoct a plan or follow through with it. Hamlet’s hoax all began when Hamlet sees the ghost of his father and they converse with each other about the King’s untimely and suspicious death. To most seeing ghosts is a sign of insanity, but Marcellus,

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