Thompson and his crew witnessed an unarmed woman being kicked and shot at point-blank range by Captain Medina, who later claimed that he thought she had a hand grenade.  Thompson then saw a group of civilians (again consisting of children, women, and old men) at a bunker being approached by ground personnel. Thompson landed and told his crew that if the soldiers shot at the Vietnamese while he was trying to get them out of the bunker that they were to open fire on these soldiers.  Thompson later testified that he spoke with a lieutenant (identified as Stephen Brooks of 2nd Platoon) and told him there were women and children in the bunker, and asked if the lieutenant would help get them out. According to Thompson, "he [the lieutenant] said the only way to get them out was with a hand grenade". Thompson testified that he then told Brooks to "just hold your men right where they are, and I'll get the kids out". He found 12–16 people in the bunker, coaxed them out and led them to the helicopter, standing with them while they were flown out in two groups. 
There is a certain anonymity that goes with pretending to be mad. Hamlet can go where he wants, say what he wants, and acts as he wants under this guise of being mad. Yes, he's a prince and could do this to some degree before, but now that he's clearly insane, he can watch his stepfather (uncle) even more closely. While Claudius may worry about Hamlet's state of mind, he makes the mistake of dismissing him as crazy. It's easy for people to dismiss and discount the crazy person, but that’s what makes his acting all the more brilliant.
Hamlet now really had no reason to live as the one person he truly loved was dead. Hamlet manifests this at Ophelia’s burial when he says “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not love (with all their quantity love) make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” and continues to say “Be buried quick with her, and so will I” (Hamlet). As Shakespeare said, “ If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” Although revenge is a hardwired instinct in the human brain, studies have shown avoiding revenge is more pleasurable in the long run. “While the anticipation of revenge may feel pleasurable, the actual carrying out of revenge brings little satisfaction and may create more problems and suffering” (Hall). Hamlet exhibits the vicious and perpetual cycle of revenge throughout the many tragedies of Hamlet. Works Cited: Hall, Karyn. “Revenge:Will You Feel Better?” Psychology Today. 15 September 2013. Print Shakespeare, William, Louis B. Wright and Virginia A LaMar. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Price of Denmark, New York: Pocket, 1958. Print. Related posts: