Analysis Of Double Meaning In Hamlet By Claudius

Double Meaning
Faces we see hearts unknown, as in the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare: Claudius, Hamlet, Ophelia, show us their facades throughout the play never truly meaning what they say. Through their twist and turns,they manipulate one another “so the whole ear of Denmark” (I.V.43) is poisoned, and start the chain of events that lead to their tragic end.
Claudius undoubtedly is one of the most two faced person in the play constantly, lying to everyone to save his own skin. Shortly after murdering his brother, Claudius becomes king and marries “A little month, or ere those shoes were old/With which she followed my poor father 's body” (I.ii.151-152) the woman who once was his sister-in-law. He portrays the role of a noble king to the public, whose “such divinity doth hedge king” (IV.V.138) and therefore, had had nothing and no one to fear, since god put him in place and god would protect him. However, the lies he told came back to haunt him, for as the story slowly progressed and Hamlet
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His antic disposition, as we knew, was an act “How strange or odd some 'er I bear myself/(As I perchance/hereafter shall think meet/To put an antic disposition on)”(I.V.190-192). In that moment deciding to act crazy, to uncover the truth of his father 's death. Hamlet 's actions brought Polonius to his death as “Whips out his rapier, cries 'A rat, a rat, '/And in this/brainish apprehension, kills/The unseen good old man” (IV.i.10-12). Hamlet tried to kill the king, but got the wrong “rat”. His rash action and lack of mercy forces the audience to question whether Hamlet truly faked his madness or had it become him. However in the end of the play, Hamlet realizes “There’s a divinity that shapes our end” (V.ii.11), acknowledging that fate is always at work, and demonstrating a maturity that he lacked at the story’s

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