The Theme Of Deception In Hamlet

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Many works of art, especially literature, has a large focus on deception and how deception pushes a plot and story along the line to completion. This had been used in the long history of literature an uncountable amount of times by a lot of different authors, but one of the most popular works which has a heavy focus of deception and the consequences thereof is the drama, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare. This drama, often just called Hamlet features incredibly heavy themes of deception as almost every character is being deceitful in someway, which all has varying effects on the advancement of the main story and plot. Arguably the most deceitful character in the entire drama is the namesake Hamlet. Hamlet has…show more content…
In the drama Hamlet deception plays a key role in advancing the plot and more, this in most apparent in the character Hamlet whose motives for his deceptions are, the obvious, easily stated motive to kill King Claudius and take revenge for his father, but also the underlying motive of trying to find the true point of his life and whether or not to keep living or let himself Barton 2 go, and this contributes to the main plot by making everyone think he is completely mad and disregarding him as a vengent filled lunatic who has no real true control over his thoughts and actions. The first and primary motive of Hamlet’s deception is to take vengeance for his murdered father and kill King Claudius. “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word:/It is Adieu, Adieu, remember me./ I have sworn’t.”(1.5.110-12) Hamlet gave his word to his dead father, the old king, that he would take revenge and kill Claudius, but Claudius is the new king, so Hamlet cannot just go storming into the castle and murder the king, he has to be deceptive and…show more content…
He uses his deception of madness to make this sound like mad ramblings to everyone else, but he is truly asking these questions and wondering about the ins and outs of how life truly works, and what it all means. So Hamlet basically acts insane to cover up the seriousness of these questions he is seeking the answers to. “But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,/Could force his soul so to his own conceit,/That from her working all his visage wann’d,/ Tears in his eyes, distraction in’s aspect,/ A broken voice, and his
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