Appearance And Reality In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In the book of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the characters in the story display a role in which shows appearance and reality. Hamlet the main character whose father’s died, King Claudius who replaced the Old King who was Hamlet’s father, Polonius, as well as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who was Hamlet’s childhood friends. They are all appears to be in favor of one another but in reality, they are against each other to benefit their own needs; This makes appearance and reality an important part of the story. As a whole, appearance and reality in the story show the true personality of a character, as of who they are and who they appear to be. At the beginning of the play, it starts with the Old King’s ghost that appears without speaking to…show more content…
Before Laertes went to college, Polonius his father gave him a speech of how he should behave, he said that “Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried….Farewell.” Polonius speaks in a way that he trust his son, and knows that he will do good but in reality he called one of the soldiers Reynaldo, and give him money, to go spy on his son also take notes on everything that he does to report…show more content…
In order for Hamlet to find out if his Uncle has really killed his father, he came up with a play called “The Mousetrap”, this play was popular during that time which is related to how his father was dead. He said to Horatio, “ Observe mine uncle. If his occulted guilt. Do not itself unkennel in one speech, It is a damnèd ghost that we have seen, And my imaginations are as foul.” Hamlet uses the play to find if his uncle really kills his dad before he takes any actions. It may appear to others that it’s just a play but the real meaning of the play is to watch king Claudius’s reactions towards it. In the middle of this play, when a character tries to poison the king to take up the throne. King Claudius stands up, Polonius ask to light up the lights. Hamlet Said to Horatio “ O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?”. Horatio and Hamlet agree that the Ghost was right. Hamlet uses the play to test King Claudius. Through the play, King Claudius has shown to Hamlet that he kills his father. Appearance and reality in the book of Hamlet play an important role, starting with Polonius who was meant to trust his son but sent a soldier to spy on him. And Hamlet who act insane in order to find out who kills his father. Finishes with King Claudius who act like he is not guilty of killing the

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