@Timothy Johnson@facebook I don't think Hamlet is actually mad, either, but there is no reason to think that Hamlet is faking madness during the "To be or not to be" speech. He's speaking quite clearly and logically--nothing mad about it. Besides, when he's playing mad he only speaks in prose, and this is verse.
And as for the idea that he can clearly see Ophelia, I don't think it's really safe to take the Elizabethan stage as a literal space--the audience understood that sometimes characters they could see weren't all visible to one another.
Hamlet himself seems to disagree with the idea that he's not "not whining and waffling":
Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave,
That I, the son of a dear father murdered,
Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words
And fall a-cursing, like a very drab,
In other words, "I should shut up and just get on with it." And if he is not procrastinating, then why does he agree to go to England with Roz and Guil, epsecially after his plan has succeeded with the play? AJ is absolutely right that Hamlet has no resolution and fails to act until after he confronts death in the gravedigger scene.
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