“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is/southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw” (Hamlet. Act II Scene II.)
Hamlet’s ability to control his madness throughout the play is vital to each ensuing detail. Without his premeditated “crazy”, one could argue that the play might never have concluded, forever circling around his inability to act. This line encompasses the idea of controlled madness; the release of Hamlet’s natural madness allows for the simultaneous release of his actions. The weight of this line is not tangible solely for its relation to the plot, but also for the universality implied in the message. All minds are to an extent crazy-it is only human nature. The control each person has over this “crazy” is what creates personality, moments, and ultimately life.
“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”