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Madness in Hamlet

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Madness is a prevalent motif throughout Hamlet. Which of the following statements about madness can be supported by events in the story?

A

Madness is a state of disorientation brought about by external factors that traumatize the sufferer and compromise his or her ability to think clearly and behave responsibly.

B

Madness is a state of disorientation brought about as a willful response to external traumatizing factors, and serves an expression of power by the individual in order to reject the ugliness of reality.

C

Madness is an unpredictable, capricious occurrence in people’s lives; everyone is vulnerable to the onset of madness because anyone can be struck by madness at any time.

D

Madness is the state of psychological deterioration brought about by evil action; those who suffer from madness have been afflicted as a direct result of their wickedness.

E

Madness is a predictable affliction for those who are vulnerable and weak and cannot countenance life’s challenges due to their inferior social status.