In fact, other criticisms question whether Hamlet was actually mad or not.Such contentions were built on observations by an anonymous author who stated Hamlet may be mad because “he has a lot of stress, has to deal with his mother’s adultery, his father’s murder,” (Vaxxine 1).
The tragedy that is Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, contains a variety of themes.
But none are more important than that of appearance vs. This theme is consistent throughout the play, and spawns the other themes in the play.
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Without it, the play would be as any other story in the sense that the protagonist takes quick, immediate action.
Rather, Hamlet, who is considered by many to be “the greatest character in Western literature this century,” according to Professor Stoll of the University of Minnesota, is a character that is intellectual while able to maintain a feigned madness.
“Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father.” (IV.v.135) He exemplifies the stereotypical action character, because that is the usual sequence a character would take in a situation like that.
Thus symbolically, the audience can see what the play would be like if Hamlet acted as Laertes: straightforward and without remorse.
It even incorporates all the major motifs in the play.
Furthermore, the theme is strengthened by the use of symbolism and enables the reader to foreshadow future events in the play.