Despite Hamlet’s not being in his right mind, he demonstrates a very effective capacity for rational thought. Obviously, this play portrays Hamlet as a dark, brooding individual who takes the death of his father overly hard. However, his plan to come up with evidence of the murder of his father shows that Hamlet is much more cunning and witty than we realize. As Hamlet moves toward the conclusion of his lengthy monologue at the end of Act 2, Scene 2, he says, “The spirit that I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps…abuses me to damn me…the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.” This quote is significant because, in my view, it answers one of the central questions of the play, which is whether or not Hamlet is crazy, and demonstrates Hamlet’s intellect. Yes, Hamlet seems like a dark, depressed, brooding individual, but this quote shows that he has a rational side. For starters, he doesn’t totally believe everything the ghost told him. He says how the spirit may have been a “devil” that “abuses me to damn me,” showing that he doesn’t totally take stock in the story of an angry ghost, or rationally doubts his own sanity by questioning the existence of the ghost in the first place. This quote seems to show that Hamlet can effectively take stock of a situation and not base his quest for revenge solely on his overflowing emotions. Secondly, by saying that the “play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king,” Hamlet shows that he is rational because he wants to have proof for himself that Claudius really killed his father. All in all, by reading deeper into this quote it becomes apparent that Hamlet isn’t an overemotional, over reactive individual. Despite his deep emotion, he still has the capacity for rational thought and is cunning and sane enough to come up with a plan to gain further proof of Claudius’s treachery.