Madness as a term is defined as "The status of senseless folly" by the modern English dictionary. The general understanding of madness within the text of Hamlet mirrors that of the notion of madness in society, which is more an work or tendencies which differs significantly from typical or accepted level, a lack of logic or rational thought. Perception influences every individuals condition, in a sense we are little or nothing within population if we aren't perceived to be so: "Though this be madness, yet there may be method in't. " (3. 2. 206) - Polonius commenting on the state of Hamlets behaviour. This essay seeks to argue that, that is made for the sanity of Hamlet & that the madness he tasks using circumstances is nothing more than a guise to cover his dark ambition.