Trial of Hamlet: the Murder of Polonious (Defence Attourney)

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Today, your honour, I stand before the courts to appeal for justice for my client, the young Prince Hamlet who is accused of murdering our Principal Secretary of State, Polonius, in cold blood. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution have presented a flimsy case against the prince; most significantly they failed to mention the fact that my client, Hamlet, may indeed have been clinically insane at the time of the Principal Secretary of State’s murder. If my client is found to be unable to stand trial on the grounds of insanity, then he should be cleared of all charges and taken into care until such time that his mental health is restored.

Your honour, one must only have to briefly overlook the actions and behaviours of Hamlet from the time of his dear father’s death to the murder of Polonius to notice that he was, indeed, acting in an irrational manner, unable to control his actions and immersed in a dark world of self-doubt and loss.

One must take into account Hamlets aching depression after the death of his father and his mother’s hasty remarriage to his uncle come step-father. Hamlet felt his mother had betrayed her first husband and was sickened by the thought of the incestuous behaviours she was engaging in with Claudius, Hamlets uncle. Conclusive evidence of this torment has been presented to the court. Upon the arrival of Horatio, Hamlet’s only friend, Hamlet asked Horatio why he had returned from Wittenberg. Horatio tells Hamlet that he came to see the King Hamlets funeral and Hamlet quotes: “I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow student; I think it was to see my mother’s wedding…Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral backed meats.” By this, your honour, Hamlet conveys his utter disgust and anguish at the speed in which his mother remarried after her first husband passed. These feelings would certainly have had an impact on the later events that Prince Hamlet was involved in.

Further evidence of this depression and angst is palpable on a...
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