Hamlet contains the classic argument between whether or not Hamlet is mad, or a sane man under difficult circumstances. Hamlet assumes antic-disposition at times to uncover the truth of his father's death. From my perspective I believe that Hamlet's actions and thoughts are a logical response to the situation in which he finds himself.
In the first act, Hamlet appears to be very straightforward in his actions and thoughts. When questioned by Gertrude about his melancholy appearance, Hamlet says, "Seems, madam? Nay it is know not seems" (I, ii, 76). This is to say, "I am what I appear to be." Later he makes a clear statement about his thoughts when he commits himself to revenge. Hamlet says,
"I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there, And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brai...
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