Deception in Hamlet Essay example

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Hamlet the story of the Prince of Denmark set in the 17th century who is torn from the loss of his father and vengeance of his father’s killer, Claudius, his uncle. From Hamlet’s need for vengeance lead to the creation of a new identity under a false pretense of his own insanity in order to reveal Claudius’s guilt for the act of murdering his brother in order to claim his right to the Danish Throne. While Hamlet in the pursuit for vengeance, Claudius on the other hand is set on making sure his title of King of Denmark is secure by ensuring Hamlet does not succeed in his plans by practicing the use of manipulation, spying, and dishonesty. The use of deception is created throughout the play on numerous occasions such as the staging of the …show more content…
with this statement Hamlet has asked Horatio for his aide in his charade of false insanity to deceive the ones who had involvement of his father’s murder. Even through his accidental actions such as the murder of Polonius, he does not display any signs of paranoia or regret over the accidental killing because he does not obsess over the opinions of others, In fact Hamlet may perhaps be the only character in the entire play that has he has been able to not be overcome by his actions and stay consistent with his own character traits and flaws while maintaining an appearance of false insanity in the eyes of the public while everyone else has either feeling regret or remorse for their actions such as Claudius and Laertes or overcome to mental delusion such as Ophelia.
With the staging of the Murder of Gonzago, Hamlet shows a hidden motive to try to get Claudius to confess from the guilt that coincides with the murder he committed earlier in the play. “Give him a heedful note for I mine eyes will rivet to his face, and after we will both our judgments join in censure of his seeming.” By Hamlet telling Horatio to watch Claudius’s facial expressions during the play especially, he has revealed his true motives of his
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