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Hamlet's Ability To Sense The Hidden Corruption In Denmark Shows That He Is Not Mad But Perceptive. Discuss.

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Hamlet's ability to sense the hidden corruption in Denmark shows that he is not mad but perceptive. Discuss.Hamlet was always weary of the possibility and then the reality of corruption in the palace. From the first scene when the apparition appears the audience is aware that it is real as it is confirmed by Marcellus. In the sense of this statement, this is the foundation of the play. It illustrates that Hamlet isn't seeing things when he is still grieving his father's mysterious death. The audience has no choice really, but to believe what Hamlet questions and states for the remainder of the play. Hamlet is not mad but has an almost daunting self-belief, which is so intense that the majority of the palace assumes he is mad. His desire to uncover the truth is so strong that he is not afraid to lose friends, partners or family by whatever means he considers are necessary. It is reasonable to say that this was a unique grieving process experienced by Hamlet. He obviously loved and looked up to his father, who died far to early and oddly for questions not to be asked. Hamlet took it upon himself to ask those questions. To describe his actions as mad are inaccurate and not fair on Hamlet. He was shattered by the tragic death of his father and desperate for the actual events of the death.Hamlets perceptiveness is illustrated at the beginning of the play when what appears to be the ghost of his father appears. He is not afraid and orders the guards on duty to let him follow the ghost. The ghost requests revenge against the 'Most seeming virtuous queen' and 'That adulterate beat'. Obviously referring to Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet embraces the ghost and its request gives him a purpose of life, something to achieve. Hamlet cannot be mad, as two other bodies have seen the ghost to. This apparition convinces the audience and Hamlet himself that corruption is present in Denmark as it was a historic superstition that ghosts would return from the dead to give some kind of warning to the living. Hamlet is not sensing corruption; it is almost blatantly obvious with appearance of the ghost. Horatio as seen it, Marcellus has seen it and Bernardo has seen it. However Hamlet has heard it. Hamlet is almost given the challenge of locating he epicentre of the corruption, although it is made fairly clear from the ghost. Many believe that because only Hamlet heard the ghost speak that it could be a fabrication of his imagination or self-invention, but as mentioned earlier it is an age-old belief that ghosts only appear to warn the living. Horatio is the first to mention this, so regardless of whether Hamlet heard the ghost or not, it still indicates corruption in Denmark and that Hamlet isn't mad. He is perceptive because he understands why his father has returned. The apparition only spoke to Hamlet because he is the only member of the family to believe that his father's death wasn't natural.If Hamlet were truly mad he would have no trouble in killing Claudius on...

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