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Madness in Hamlet

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S: Madness In Hamlet

FC: Madness | In Hamlet

1: The theme of madness begins when Hamlet and Ophelia are forbidden to see each other. This drives both of them crazy and Hamlet begins to "act" mad. | "This is the very ecstasy of love" -Poloneus pg. 32

2: When Hamlet seeks revenge on his father's death and kills Poloneus, Hamlet exhibits true madness which is no longer just an act. | "This is the very coinage of your brain; this bodily creation ecstasy; is very cunning in." -The Queen pg.76

3: When Ophelia learns that her love, Hamlet, has killed her father she goes mad and is kept under close supervision at the castle. | "O, this is the poison of deep grief; it springs all from her father's death." -The King pg.88

4: Ophelia's state of madness led her to do the unthinkable and take her own life. | " When down her weedy trophies and herself fell in the weeping brook. Her Clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like awhile they bore her up;Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds, as one incapable of her own distress..." -The Queen pg. 100

5: "And for that purpose I'll anoint my sword. i bought an unction of a mountebank,so mortal that but dip a knife in it,where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare." Laertes pg 99 | Laertes develops madness when trying to kill Hamlet because of Poloneus' death. He chooses unethically to try to kill Hamlet with a poison during their duel.

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