Appearance Vs. Reality In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Register to read the introduction… He always wants to keep up the appearance of a loving and caring person. Polonius appears like a man who loves and cares about his son, Laertes. Polonius speaks to his son with advice that sounds sincere but in reality it is rehearsed, hollow and without feeling. In reality Polonius lies, manipulates people and eavesdrops on peoples conversation. Polonius helps contribute to minor theme of appearance versus reality by showing how his appearance is not his true nature, behind the mask there lies someone totally different. Hamlet is openly rude to is Polonius. Hamlet, in front of Claudius and Gertrude, insults Polonius by calling him "… a fishmonger" (Act 2, Scene II, Line 172), in other words a pimp. This is not the only way that Hamlet offended Polonius. Hamlet offended Polonius by insulting his daughter. Hamlet had practically no other real interaction with Polonius to truly find out his real feelings and personality. Hamlet in act 3, scene 3, kills Polonius that was eavesdropping and hiding behind the curtains. Hamlet felt that it was Claudius behind the curtains but, when it was not he was still happy to kill the eavesdropper. This was very unjust to Polonius because Hamlet did not truly know that Polonius was all that bad as Claudius …show more content…
Horatio is the only other person who not only saw the ghost but, he knew what King Hamlet's Ghost told Hamlet. He also had the job of watching Claudius, while the play was going on, in order to see if he showed his guilt. Lastly, at the end of the play, Hamlet gives Horatio the task of telling everybody why Hamlet had feigned madness and the murders of "… thou so many princes at a shot". (Act 5, Scene II, Line 358) Hamlet could not do it himself because he died along with other important characters. He told Horatio, "But I do prophesy the election lights / On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; / So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less,". (Act 5, Scene II, Lines 348-350) At one point Horatio wanted to finish the poisoned wine, but Hamlet convinced him to tell his story. Hamlet truly needed Horatio because he needed somone to talk or he probably would have gone crazy. The just relationship between Hamlet and Horatio also really helped the play, Hamlet, play out with true feelings and …show more content…
Hamlet's human relationships with the ghost, Gertrude, Claudius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were all very just and deserving. As Hamlet finds out they all contain lies and have hidden intentions within them. Hamlet's blinding rage against Polonius was very hurtful and unjust. Hamlet's friend, Horatio, was his only true friend and he helped Hamlet until the end. As Marcellus said it best, "Something is rotten in Denmark." (Act 1, Scene 4, Line 90) That being the lies, which have replaced or covered the true state of each

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