Things Are Not as They Appear Essay examples

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William Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice “All that glitters is not gold; Often have you heard that told.” This quote also rings true in the play Hamlet where nothing is quite as it seems. Behind every person, event, and object seems to be an ulterior motive than what is displayed for all to see. Characters such as Claudius and Hamlet were described to both be extremely secretive individuals who hid their mysterious plans deep within themselves, never revealing their true intent. Also many objects and events within the play were the opposite of what they really were including: the way King Hamlet lost his life, the play within the play, and the attempted murder of Claudius by Hamlet. 
 Claudius is a manipulative and corrupt …show more content…
William Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice “All that glitters is not gold; Often have you heard that told.” This quote also rings true in the play Hamlet where nothing is quite as it seems. Behind every person, event, and object seems to be an ulterior motive than what is displayed for all to see. Characters such as Claudius and Hamlet were described to both be extremely secretive individuals who hid their mysterious plans deep within themselves, never revealing their true intent. Also many objects and events within the play were the opposite of what they really were including: the way King Hamlet lost his life, the play within the play, and the attempted murder of Claudius by Hamlet. 
 Claudius is a manipulative and corrupt character who mislead the entire Sate of Denmark to believe he was dutiful, trustworthy and perceptive King. After the death of King Hamlet, Claudius takes the thrown and says this to the State, “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe.” (Act 1, Scene 2, lines 1-4) This quote at first makes Claudius seem like a very sensitive King who is addressing the fact that mourning for the death of King Hamlet is encouraged. Yet, later on in the play we discover that Claudius is truly the murderer of the King and fooled the Kingdom to believe he was also grieving. Claudius also manipulated to the Kingdom to
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