Academic Papers: Hamlet is Not Mad
Why does Polonius think Hamlet is mad
But while you get characters like Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Polonius who are in many ways fools but not madmen, I'm never going to accept that Hamlet is a madman who is no fool. I think Hamlet's dealings with people he likes, respects and trusts, as well as his thoughts in private, show that he is quite thoroughly sane and sensible as well as clever.
the king that Hamlet is mad with love and they plan to spy on him
-- pete d (), January 24, 2002.
Mad people, if ever, rarely admit they are mad. However, there is an arrugment put forward by a contemporary critic that he was in fact mad, but that his pretnce to be mad was in fact pretended "the ruse of a madman's cunning" if that makes sense. However, Hamlet appears to be much more of a procastinator and indesicive man that literally mad, although depression, something he is clearly suffering from when examing his solilquys and speeches is in actual fact a form of madness. So Hamlet is mad in that respect.
-- mikken (), February 04, 2000.
No Hamlet is not mad, nor ever was. Think about his speech regarding Yorick. Alas poor, Yorick, I knew him Horatio. When Hamlet was young there was a fool in court. Remember what Touchstone says in As You Like It: The more pity that fools cannot speak wisely what wise men do foolishly. Hamlet simply takes on the role of Fool. Unfortunately no-one at the court remembers Yorick and so they cannot understand what Hamlet is doing and so pronounce him mad. That is why Hamlet calls upon the players. His actions as fool have not brought results and so the play's the thing wherein he'll catch the conscience of a King. The play charts Hamlet's attempts to prove his Uncle's guilt. To kill a King was serious even if you were certain he was a murderer. Macbeth comes up against the same problem. When Hamlet returns from England and embarks on the dual his speech regarding the fate of a sparrow answers the question. If it be now etc. He has come to the end of his options, everything will be answer there and then.-- catherine england (), November 07, 2002.
It's amazing how many poor students get this sort of question dumped on them. Who was the first madman who thought Hamlet is really mad, anyway? I've had an email from one of the afflicted many, so I thought I'd stick here how I would answer.