William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - The Tale Of A Juvenile Prince

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Hamlet is the tale of a juvenile prince determined to reveal the

truth about his father’s recent quietus. Hamlet’s uncle ,Claudius, marries his mother the queen, and therefore, takes the throne. In Act 1 (scene 5), Hamlet is told by the apparition of his dead father that it was his uncle, who murdered him. The theme that remains consistent throughout this tribulation is appearance versus reality. The characters introduced throughout the play, appear to be caring and honest, but in reality are nothing but evil. They deceitfully hide behind two-faced mask of integrity. Four main unfaithful characters which are found to be disguised as right-minded are Polonius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the freshly thrown taking King, Claudius. The
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He speaks strong, influential words, but does not speak completely truthfully. Polonius gives his son blessing to leave Denmark: “And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine own self be true,And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell; my blessing season this in thee!”.

Within this speech to his son Laertes, Polonius advises him not borrow from others, to stay true to himself, and not to lie. Although, Polonius appears to be a caring and trusting father, he sends a spy after Laertes to follow and keep up with him. This demonstrates his distrust for Laertes. He is not a confident father, in which he is shown to be. His speech was rehearsed to be give the effect that he is caring and is trustworthy of his son.

Polonius begins adding more to the theme of appearance versus reality when he orders his daughter, Ophelia, from seeing Hamlet. He mischievously lies to her, claiming that

Hamlet does not actually love her, that he only grew lust for her: “Ay, springs to catch woodcocks. I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul”. Throughout the play, Polonius is taken as a warm and tender parent. But behind his two-faced mask, he is a lying and manipulative person. Polonius obviously contributes to the theme of appearance versus reality by illustrating that his moral (righteous) appearance is not true in nature,

because underneath the “mask” is someone completely
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