The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0750. Friday, 11 July 1997.
Date: Friday, 11 Jul 1997 15:21:22 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: 8.0746 Various Re: Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0746 Various Re: Hamlet
In the various discussions on Hamlet's feigned or real madness no one
has attempted to classify it as legal or clinical madness. Not terribly
relevant to S, to whom such a distinction would probably be meaningless;
the McNaughton rules being some centuries away. However, Macbeth defined
it in a way that one eminent psychologist (Eysenik I think) thought was
helpful. Perhaps some one could quote the exact reference but it went
something like "Madness! why tis nothing but to be mad"