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Discuss and analyse images of corruption and deception in Act 1 of Hamlet

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Discuss and analyse images of corruption and deception in Act 1 of Hamlet In the play "Hamlet" corruption and deception are shown with the use of many images. This suggests that corruption and deception are central to the play. I am going to look at only the first act of the play to discuss the ways in which the images are used. Polonius is considered to be one of the main deceptive characters in "Hamlet". Shortly after he is introduced, we learn that he plans to have someone spy on his son Laertes to ensure he does not get into trouble and so that he knows what he is doing while in France. ...read more.

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This proves that there is both deceit and corruption in the first scene of Shakespeare's Hamlet as he tells Hamlet of both the murder and how unnatural his death was. "Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole With juice of cursed hebona in a vial, And in the porches of my ears did pour..." This tells of how Claudius poured poison in the ear of King Hamlet while he was sleeping. This is the most prominent act of deception. The marriage of Gertrude and Claudius is seen to be corrupt because it is close in time to the funeral of King Hamlet. It also seems like too short a time for Gertrude to marry after her husbands death. ...read more.

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At the end of Act 1, Hamlet begins to act as if he is going insane. This shows that he is not entirely truthful all of the time. This suggests that he is begging to be and could become deceptive as the play continues. He is described to "put an antic disposition on -" This shows how he is deliberately acting mad to deceive people into making them believe he is just going mad until they eventually forget about him. Then he can take his revenge on Claudius for killing his father. From this, I conclude that throughout Act 1 of Hamlet, deception and corruption are used as central themes to the main storyline to progress the storyline and shows the demise of characters. It also emphasizes the tragedy of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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