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Hamlet's State of Mind

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Which of the following statements best captures Hamlet’s state of mind at the beginning of Act IV?

A

Hamlet is a sane and rational being who considers his actions thoughtfully and therefore behaves purposefully, despite his rash murder of Polonius.

B

Although Hamlet feigns madness with Claudius and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his murder of Polonius demonstrates that his judgment is not completely sound.

C

Hamlet is completely mad, as evidenced by his eccentric remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Claudius and his murder of Polonius.

D

Although Hamlet’s murder of Polonius is violent, his actions are more products of his unswerving commitment to his father than they are signs of instability.

E

Hamlet is neither sane nor mad, but manifests a constantly shifting response to trying circumstances.