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In Shakespeare's Hamlet, compare and contrast Hamlet's feigned madness and Ophelia's real madness?

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In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark has a real purpose for pretending to be mad. He is attempting to prove that what his father's ghost has told him is true: his uncle Claudius murdered his father the King. He begins acting erratically in order to see if he can catch Claudius in a lie or prove his guilt in some way. What happens is that he really does go a little over the edge and dips into madness himself - a...

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