In the first scene of Act 1, a group of ordinary guardsmen, who serve the royal family of Denmark, see the infamous ghost that has been lurking around the palace grounds at night. Marcellus, Bernardo, and Horatio are just doing as they are told and protecting the castle from possible norwegian invaders when suddenly, the ghost appears.Those characters are charged with the task of maintaining the security of the castle and those who inhabit it and in order to obtain a job of such high importance those men had to prove that they were trustworthy and honorable, so it is safe to ass...
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...that his uncle is an actual evil villain. The only way to guarantee Ophelia’s safety from these embodiments of wickedness is to make them believe that Ophelia has no value to him, and therefore she cannot be used as leverage against him. In an effort to protect the apple of his eye, he must ridicule her before his uncle and mother. Clearly, Hamlet is not a lunatic, because a lunatic could not possibly carry out a plan as ingenious as this.
In essence Prince Hamlet is not mad, the textual evidence in this play proves that Hamlet has his right mind. Hamlet’s interactions, thoughts, and dialogue show that he is not crazy but in fact quite the contrary; he is wise and intelligent. Any Atypical behavior can be explained by Hamlet working himself through the grief or by Hamlet’s ingenious plan to elude suspicion while plotting a plan to kill the king and keep Ophelia safe.
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