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Thetheme of appearance versus reality in Hamlet.

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´╗┐Joys Appearance versus Reality Theme Found in Hamlet Shakespeare has been credited as one of the greatest authors in the English language. His writing structure and the lessons learned from his plays have made an impact on society, by allowing more people to appreciate literature more, and learn from the mistakes of the characters. It is for this reason why people continue to analyze and study his literature to this day; the play Hamlet is no different. There were many themes in the play that made Hamlet stand out. One of these themes is appearance versus reality; a theme which questions whether everything is as it seems, and can be seen through deceit in the play. The theme of appearance versus reality in the play Hamlet can be seen by the deceitfulness, and actions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Claudius, and Polonius, which work to advance the plot of the play. The theme of appearance versus reality resonates quite frequently throughout the play through the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and their deceitfulness. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two of Hamlet?s childhood friends. However, throughout the play, it can be seen that their intentions are never sincere. ...read more.

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This is the first time Claudius appears in the play, and it can be seen that since the beginning of the play, Claudius? words did not reflect who he really is. Claudius also shows the theme of appearance versus reality when he decides to make Hamlet go to England. He uses the fact that Hamlet is crazy to send him to England because he claimed Hamlet became a danger for Denmark, and King Claudius wants Hamlet to recover. Claudius also tells Hamlet that it is to get money from England because England is in debt to Denmark; however all these are not Claudius? real reasons to make Hamlet leave. On the outside, to the state of Denmark, Claudius seems like a caring step-father. He made Hamlet?s trip to England seem safe and harmless, but the purpose of the England trip is to end Hamlet?s life. ?The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England; for like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me: till I know `tis done? (4.3.66) Claudius feels that he can only rest after the death of Hamlet, his queen?s only son. ...read more.

Conclusion

Polonius came up with this idea, because he thought that if he found the source of Hamlet?s insanity, it would gain Claudius? favour. It is ironic he did this because he told Laerates to be true to himself, yet Polonius is doing the polar opposite. Since he is spying on Hamlet, trying to gain brownie points with Claudius, he is stabbed by Hamlet, causing Polonius? death, which leads to the death of other characters later on in the play. This is how Polonius? deceitfulness showed the theme of appearance versus reality in the play Hamlet, driving it forward in its plot. In conclusion, it can be seen that through the actions, and deceit done by the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Claudius, and Polonius, the theme of appearance versus reality can be seen, and all these actions drive the play forward. Through these characters, Shakespeare is trying to teach humanity a lesson. He realised that deceit is never the solution to anything, and it is not a good characteristic to have as a person. As seen by the characters in this play, their deceit is the cause of their demise. Although deceitfulness will not always lead to people?s death in the world today, there is a lesson to be learned from these characters, and that is as Polonius says, ?To thine own self be true.? (1.3. ...read more.

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