Discuss madness of Hamlet and / or Ophelia. For the English, Madness=Insanity. We know that Hamlet is acting mad to deflect suspicion from himself, but is he at times truly mad, even temporarily? Ophelia’s madness: Note the way her father treats her, after giving such fatherly and sage advice to Laertes. Note the way Hamlet treats her, especially when he thinks she is deceiving him—when her father and the king use her to find out information about Hamlet. Then, note the mixed signals Hamlet gives her before and after the “play” within the play. Finally, discuss how her father’s death affects her.