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Choices based on appearances of their options - Hamlet.

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Introduction

Often times people make choices based on appearances of their options- the result of the choice tends to be strongly negative and it is hard to admit a mistake has been done. Often times things are not what they seem, when we trust this illusion the choice made is hard to accept and it is hard for others to reason how we came to that decision. This is the theme that we see in the dialogue between Hamlet and his mother Gertrude in the III, iv, ll.63-117. This theme is shown through the use of diction, imagery, repetition, and characterization. In this dialogue it is both Gertrude and Hamlet that speak to each other. At this point hamlet criticizes her strongly about Claudius and her sense of judgment. The event that has just occurred preceding this dialogue is the murder of Polonius by Hamlet- as he mistook him for Claudius. At this point in the play Hamlet knows that Claudius has killed his father and is now sure he wants to avenge him. ...read more.

Middle

This is shown through her diction and imagery; "O Hamlet, speak no more: Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul; And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct." Her demand of Hamlet to cease his attacks show that she is unable to face the truth, she goes on to say "these words, like daggers, enter in mine ears" which proves further that the truth about her choice is too painful for her to admit. The image of the daggers in conjunction with her "black and grained spots" bring about the omnipresent theme of order versus disorder- which can apply in this situation as Gertrude is in a disorderly situation, where she cannot accept the truth. Another technique that shows her fear of the truth is repetition. "No more" is repeated three times as she begs hamlet to stop his attacks, showing an increasingly greater desire to avoid the truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

illusion the choice made is hard to accept and it is hard for others to reason how we came to that decision. This theme represents the situation that Hamlet was in as he was by himself in having to find out if the ghost was real or unreal, and if it was evil or good- it is the situation he was in when he had to act so strangely to the whole exterior world, when inside he knew he was sane. At this point in the play hamlet is wrong to attack his mother in such a way that is why the ghost of Hamlet's father comes at the end of the scene to remind him of the real mission. He let his private griefs get to him. After his father's visit Hamlet makes his mother a confident and becomes more trusting towards her. She on the other hand thinks her son is delusional. In conclusion everyone has their reason to make choices which cannot be comprehended by others, and they may have negative ramifications. ...read more.

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