Hamlet appears to be insane. Is he insane or is he pretending?
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I feel there is reason to believe that Hamlet is insane. From the start of the play Hamlet is described as still grieving the death of his father and feeling depressed - I think he has reasonable clause to go insane especially after his father's ghost appears (how would you react after seeing an apparition?) and he learns that his uncle is the cause of his father's death. Not only was his father murdered by his uncle but his uncle also continued to pursue his mother and marry her. Also, if Hamlet was pretending to be insane it would show during his soliloquies - a person pretending to being insane would not still pretend to be insane while alone and talking to themself.