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Madness Hamlet's originally acts mad (crazy, not angry) to fool people into think he is harmless while probing his father's death and Claudius's involvement.
Early on, the bumbling Polonius says "[t]hough this be madness, yet there is method in't" (Act II, Scene II).
as a play and identifying Shakespeare's social and political commentary. Before, Hamlet has been appalled and revolted by the moral corruption of the living.
Mortality The weight of one's mortality and the complexities of life and death are introduced from the beginning of Hamlet. Seeing Yorick's skull (someone Hamlet loved and respected) propels Hamlet's realization that death eliminates the differences between people.
But it also refers to the political unrest Denmark is feeling as a nation.
The political livelihood of Denmark can be directly linked back to the mental state of Hamlet at many points throughout the play.
It's the uncertainty of the afterlife that frightens Hamlet away from suicide, even though he's obsessed with the notion.
Even though eight of the nine primary characters die, the question of mortality is not fully answered.
Marcellus's words refer to how something evil and vile is afoot.
This moment could be interpreted as foreshadowing of the impending deaths of most of the principle characters.