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Hamlet's Speech as a Window to His Madness
Hamlet the young Danish prince is possibly one of the most complicated
characters in English Literature.  Shakespeare created a
three-dimensional and multifaceted individual, whose constant
vacillations and "pregnant" soliloquies ask the most significant
questions that life has to offer.  Hamlet has the reader in a constant
guessing game trying to decipher whether or not Hamlet is truly
insane.  Why does Hamlet feign madness?  Is he truly even feigning?  If
he is mad, was Polonius accurate in saying that there was a "method to
his madness"?  Hamlet's speech is the portal into his soul, in which we
find the answers to all our questions about him.  Both in his
soliloquies and in his heavy dialogue he gives us clues to his
intentions, his purpose, and the strongest enemy: his self.  "How
strange or odd some'or I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall
think meet to put an antic disposition on) That you, at such times
seeing me, never shall, with arms encumbered thus, or this headshake...
Or such ambiguous giving out, to note that you know aught of me - this
do swear..."
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