Deceit And Deception In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Deceit and deception are not the only themes in the story of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, but it is also a way certain characters, mainly Hamlet himself, use to carry out their own personal gain. The focus will mainly be on the main character as he is the best example for a character using deception to his own ends. Hamlet is a very odd and curious character. He does not seem very ambitious, but actually, he is. He uses the tool of deception, under the disguise of moral justice, to seek revenge for his father’s death. The ways he does this is the not very moral. This deception however, does play into him. The self-confidence that plays into the kings that will eventually kill them both. The meaning of the work as a whole is very much…show more content…
He becomes more elaborate and his thirst for vengeance isn’t so holy anymore. Hamlet’s self-confidence has been discussed before but it should be repeated. The deception of Hamlet shows that the madness seeping into him starts to drive him to do evil deeds. He is no longer doing things for the greater good anymore, and this does show that the meaning of the play is shifting. It isn't about a strapping young lad on a holy quest to avenge his father any more. It has now become a story of the downfall of a once great, and noble man. He has become a demon almost. Nothing will stop him from doing what he needs to be done. The lies have never twisted him and those around him before. His actions have caused Ophelia to suicide and has caused his mother to be killed through her new husband’s treachery. He has contemplated suicide many times throughout the course of the play, because the lies are getting to him. Could he keep going on? In his ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, he considers, seriously, to end his own life. It from this point becomes a story about the dangers of one man and how he can overcome a very great obstacle. This is changed however in the final battle. Hamlet is

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