Self Deception In Hamlet

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Everyone sees the play Hamlet as this great tragedy and a quest for revenge, and it is one, but it’s all filled with so much deception and lies. The characters lie to each other, they spy and create plans to find out information. This use of hidden yet obvious deception just shows how rotton human beings can be with each other and how easily they can turn on one another to further themselves to get what they want. It eventually shows that by using all your energy towards a plan of revenge, can cause self deception. In this story, Shakespeare uses certain structures to reveal that by using deceit one may actually be able to get to the truth. This play stands as an example to let people into the ideas that these characters also have thoughts, ideas, suspicions, etc. and sometimes they have to second guess their…show more content…
In this story there is an event that is commonly called a “play inside of a play”, and by using this in the story it reveals the effectiveness of using deceit to pull the truth out of people, to see their true nature and what they’re capable of. Although everyone is using trickery, Hamlet’s deception is quite possibly the cruelest out of everyone because it causes the most deaths. In this story, Hamlet deceives basically everyone in the play even himself. He deceives himself into thinking what he is doing is warranted and that his uncle must burn in hell for what he has done and this is why he hides behind his fake insanity. The major question that is still argued about to this day, regarding Hamlet, is “is hamlet insane?”. Throughout the entire play Hamlet himself puts on a sort of “charade” to hide his evil intentions and buy himself some time to commit his uncle for his crimes. He acts out so he won’t be seen as a threat and sent away before he can make his move. Although many people are aware of the deceiving plots that they are conceiving, Hamlet isn’t fully aware that he is deceiving himself. He doesn’t realize what he is doing wrong

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