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Antic Disposition in Shakespeare's Hamlet

            Sometimes it's hard to tell madness from sanity, and often, the two overlap. William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," is a prime literary example of this concept. After being asked by his father's ghost to avenge his death, Hamlet decides to put on an antic disposition. Certain questions arise after this. What is he hoping to accomplish by acting mad? Also, how can we tell the difference between his antic mask and his real madness? Hamlet's questionable state of mind can be explored throughout the play using his actions and the reactions of those around him who bear witnesses to his madness.
             In order to put on an antic disposition," (Shakespeare 1625) Hamlet's decision to act mad seems a bit strange after reading Hamlet and seeing how it ended. In the end it seems as if acting crazy did not help him kill his uncle Claudius any faster. In fact it may have slowed him down. If he really wanted to kill Claudius in the beginning he would have just done it, so he probably did not want to do it in the beginning. He probably thought that it would distract and confuse his family from his plot to kill Claudius, but on a deeper level of conscience he was using this as an excuse to not kill Claudius. He wasn't yet ready to kill Claudius. If he was ready this would be an unmemorable one act play. .
             The meeting of the ghost of Hamlet's father might be the first time someone would think that hamlet is possibly crazy when he sees the ghost, but there are others who see the ghost before him and he sees the ghost with others present. So, the ghost may have been real, but something else could have occurred. The possibility exists that Hamlet could have imagine the conversation of his friends seeing a ghost and wanting to come and get him. He could have also imagined the conversation with the ghost as well. The meeting of the ghost with his friends is not mentioned throughout the rest of the play, so his friends in real life might not even know that Hamlet thinks he saw a ghost.

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