In "Hamlet," what is Hamlet's state of mind at the end of Act III? Is he only pretending to be mad?
If Hamlet is not mad, he is, by his own declaration "thought-sick." Clearly, with all that has happened, Hamlet suffers from severe melancholia. And, research has shown that psychiatrists today often diagnose patients who are realistic with clinical depression. Hamlet is such a person. For, he is sickened by the reality that his mother has committed an act of perverseness by marrying her brother-in-law who has killed his father: "reason panders will" (III,iv,88). Repulsed by her lack of shame, he tells his mother,"And would it were not so, you are my mother (III,iv,15).
Justly distrustful of Claudius , in Act IV...
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