Is Hamlet Really Insanity

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Hamlet is Not Insane There is quite a bit of evidence in this play that Hamlet deliberately foraged his fits of madness in order to confuse and make the king believe there was genuinely something wrong with him. Hamlet’s soliloquies at the end of Act I are often used as proof of his insanity, but much of what is deemed insanity isn’t really insanity. Hamlet may have a mental illness, but he was far from insane. In the play, the only people who believe hamlet was genuinely insane were the king and his henchmen, and even then there were considerable doubts about his madness. Polonius is the first person in the play to declare hamlet insane, and he only believes that because Ophelia has rejected his love. Polonius reports to the king that “Your

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