Sajid Malik In: Drama Explain theme of madness in Hamlet Explain theme of madness in Hamlet HamletShakespeare 1 Answer Lucifer Morningstar When angels fall, they also rise 2 Questions 268 Answers 120 Best Answers 1,292 Points View Profile Lucifer Morningstar When angels fall, they also rise Added an answer on July 29, 2019 at 9:59 pm The central struggle of the play is to decipher whether Hamlet is actually gone mad or just play acting to beguile Claudius into confessing his sin. After the encounter with his father Ghost’s, Hamlet suggests to Horatio about his intention of playing a fool. However, through out the play he is not sure about his own sanity. His mistreatment of Ophelia and Gertrude, both loved him, also signify his loss of control with rationality. Once he kills Polonius, he goes on a spree killing Laertes and Claudius. His madness also leads to Gertrude’s and Ophelia’s deaths. The fact that just before breathing his last, Hamlet directs Horatio to share his tale with others may suggest that he had not lost complete sanity but its still ambiguous. 1 Login to Reply Share Share Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sorry, you do not have a permission to answer to this question.