I’m interested in this phrase about Hamlet PUTTING ON his confusion.
Is Claudius on to Hamlet? Does he know he’s faking madness? And if so, does he know why?
If he suspects, does he think Hamlet would tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about it?
And what if Hamlet had said, “Yeah guys, you know, you’re right. I have, of late, lost all my mirth. And I’ll tell you the fuck why. That king that hired you to spy on me actually killed my motherfucking father and I know it’s true because my murdered father’s ghost told me so. Now guys, it’s up to you: do you want to tell the king the real reason I’m upset? Do you guys want to accuse him of murder to his face? Because I’ll tell you, if he DID it, he’s not going to want to ever see your faces again and he will probably make sure that no one ever does. If he didn’t do it (a possibility I think is SUPER SLIM) he’ll be insulted and probably have you at least thrown in the dungeon if not actually executed for suggesting it.
Anyway that’s what’s actually going on with me. Share whatever you’d like with His Highness.”