4. Does Claudius agree with Polonius that Hamlet is mad out of love?

Ophelia is part of a different debate, and I don't plan on getting into that now. To say 'Hamlet is mad. End of story.' shows a complete ignorance of the text as well as an ability to question one's original opinions. Finally, I would like to mention that at several points, Claudius, while speaking to himself, admits to the murder of the king. It doesn't get more obvious than that.

Academic Papers: Hamlet is Not Mad

-- catherine england (), March 27, 2002.Hamlet is but mad north north west.

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.

Polonius will not allow Ophelia to talk to Hamlet. Hamlet is madly in love
-- 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.
-- catherine england (), November 06, 2004.Ok. So hamlet is not mad. What are the larger implecations?

YCAF - Scenes from Hamlet - Laertes "Your son Hamlet is Mad"

In the Closest Scene Hamlet speaks to his mother and says that there is a belief in the court that he is mad and he tells her that he is only pretending to be mad in order to get his object. The idea that he made his madness appear real shows that he is quite intelligent and a great actor. In the play it seems the only ones to regard Hamlet as truly mad include the king and the king’s henchmen but even they have doubts. The first one to declare that Hamlet was mad is Polonius and even he believes the madness is only a result of Ophelia repelling his love. This poor girl has no idea what real sanity is nor can she truly judge what lunacy is. She is unable to enter into the depths of Hamlet’s mind and she cannot understand how her personal conduct is incoherent or strange. It seems to suit the king to accept Polonius’ declaration that Hamlet is mad and yet the king never seems to accept it entirely. He even instructs his henchmen to ascertain why he is faking his insanity. Soon enough the king admits that the actions of Hamlet make him melancholy but not mad.

Gertrude thinks Hamlet is mad, because she sees him talking to nothing

I don't believe Hamlet is mad

-- Matthew Oswald (), May 14, 2001.

I believe that there is an important argument for Hamlet's insanity. When the Ghost first appears, everyone present could see it (Horatio, Marcellus, Bernardo - act one, scene one). However, when the Ghost reappears in act three, scene four (after Hamlet kills Polonius), Hamlet is the only person who sees it. Gertrude cannot see it, and so says that Hamlet IS really mad. By this point, probably, Hamlet was insane enough to imagine the presence of the Ghost.

Book trivia question: How does Ophelia come to believe that Hamlet is mad

Finally, Polonius asserts that Hamlet is mad

-- catherine england (), October 05, 2001.

I don't believe Hamlet is mad! It is purely a disguise of insanity, so he can be "let off the hook" when he kills Claudius in the act of revenge for his murdered father. The reaosn i believe this is mainly due to the vital scene with Ophelia. When Polonius and Claudius are trying to find out whether Hamlet is mad due to unrequited love, reguarding Ophelia. Hamlet initially in the scene acts sane, though when his quick mind uncovers that he is being watched his character changes dramatically and turns into the Hamlet who is "acting" mad. For surely someone who was mad couldn't change there character like that?