In William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Prince Hamlet appears to be insane, but he is not. The reader sees Hamlet acting crazy following the death of his father and the recent marriage of his mother and uncle, but Shakespeare- being the master of words that he is- drops hints that he is doing just that: acting. In Act 2, Scene 2, Hamlet is speaking to Polonius and appears to be talking nonsense; however, in an aside, Polonius says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” The word choice “method” is an extremely significant one. In the context of the story, “method” can be defined as “logic” or “sense.” Using these definitions, Polonius’ line means that Hamlet is spouting off madness, but that there is some logic to it; this is most likely what Polonius intends it to mean. However, the word “method” can also be interpreted as “artfulness” or “purpose.” When interpreted this way, Polonius is presenting the idea that Hamlet is intentionally pretending to be insane. From what we read in Act 1, we know that Hamlet intends to avenge his father’s death, so we can assume he is acting insane to help accomplish this. The word choice “method”- and the two very different ideas it alludes to- brings about a sense of irony because of what Polonius knows versus what we, as readers, know: that Hamlet’s insanity is an act.