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Spying in Hamlet. Denmark is a prison in here a mood of suspicion and secrecy pervades the entire drama, there is a distinct sense of lack of trust and sense of surveillance.

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Hamlet Spying essay Denmark is a prison in here a mood of suspicion and secrecy pervades the entire drama, there is a distinct sense of lack of trust and sense of surveillance. Subsequently there would be analyzed some instances where characters are spying on each other, informing and being informed upon suspicious acts, to protect themselves and their honor. The first instance of spying in the play is when Hamlet's ghost appears at the Elsinore castle. After the king said to his son the real caused and author of his death, Claudius, Hamlet's point of view among his uncle and mother changes, he starts looking them as strangers and suspicious people. From this scene is where Hamlet immediately distrusts them and he keeps them under 24 hour surveillance. Another instance is when Polonius sends Reynald to spy on his son Laertes. Polonius wants to spy on his son because he simply does not trust his children and keeps always an over watchful eye on them. ...read more.


For the second time, Polonius doesn't trust in his sons, and spies Laertes and Ophelia. He spies them to make sure he won't do anything bad that would confess to Ophelia. All this spying and surveillance among his sons is to protect the family honor, especially if they are close friends and servers of the kings. Then Claudius and Gertrude send two friends of Hamlet, to discover the cause of his strange behavior. This has no result because at this point Hamlet is so distrustful, that he even suspects among his old friends, and immediately he makes them confess who send them, and his suspicions were correct. At this point of the play there a complete surveillance between Hamlet and the kings, who include him mother. The most important and scheming instance of spying in the play, is Hamlet on the king's reaction in the play Mouse Trap. This moment was so eagerly awaited for Hamlet, when finally the prickles inside them, burst and goad their souls. ...read more.


So that's why he spies Hamlet expecting to know the truth of the situation. There is also a situation of spying, but not with the intention of self-interest, but with a purpose of health concerning. This is the spying instance of Claudius and Polonius spy on mad Ophelia. She was an innocent girl who never caused them troubles, and also was known of being mature and serious, so overnight seeing her in a complete state of madness, affects them a lot. This case is a bit ironic because the kings and Polonius first thought that the cause of the supposed madness of Hamlet was cause by Ophelia, but at the end occurs totally the opposite way. In conclusion, after analyzing all this instances, Denmark is definitely a prison, in which there is a complete surveillance and lack of trust among everyone. This gets to an extreme of suspecting among their own family. There is a big mood of suspicion which pervades during all the play, from the very beginning to the end. Spying creates more suspicion and causes more conflicts, which ends with a tragic consequence with many innocent people dead. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gerald Veliz ...read more.

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