To begin, it is important there be an established definition of insanity. Though the original work is set in the turn of the 17th century, and Branagh's in the late 19th, it is important that insanity be described based on current definitions. Antiquated understandings of the matter will provide very little as far as frames of argument. Thus, for this task, the paper will employ law.com's vast legal dictionary for a current definition of insanity. The dictionary tasks itself to such extent. It defines insanity as “mental illness of such a sever...
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...on the matter, that Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet is most certainly of sound mind. He appears insane merely as an act to throw his would-be enemies off his trail and suffers the same pangs of despair any sane person would in his situation. Branagh has clearly put significant effort into the part, and his portrayal is evident of nothing less.
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