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Did you know that Shakespeare often changed the style of dialogue in his plays to prove a point? For example in the first four acts of Hamlet, all lines are written in verse, or poetry-like. However in Act 5, in the Gravedigger scene, the Gravedigger speaks in prose as does Hamlet. The shift is to symbolize that although the Gravedigger seems crazy, he is really the sane and practical character. classes.midlandstech.edu
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Many critics have debated on whether or not Hamlet was actually insane. It's interesting that several claim that Hamlet was in fact feigning his madness. One of the examples in this "Antic Disposition" points to Act 3 Scene 4 Lines 187-88: "I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft."
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