Deception in Hamlet Essay examples

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Hamlet the story of the Prince of Denmark set in the 17th century who is torn from the loss of his father and vengeance of his father’s killer, Claudius, his uncle. From Hamlet’s need for vengeance lead to the creation of a new identity under a false pretense of his own insanity in order to reveal Claudius’s guilt for the act of murdering his brother in order to claim his right to the Danish Throne. While Hamlet in the pursuit for vengeance, Claudius on the other hand is set on making sure his title of King of Denmark is secure by ensuring Hamlet does not succeed in his plans by practicing the use of manipulation, spying, and dishonesty. The use of deception is created throughout the play on numerous occasions such as the staging of the …show more content…
Hamlet was able to create deception with the Murder of Gonzago by of course picking a play that is already itself is already very similar to the murder of his father and he made changes to play to make it even more similar to the murder based on what the ghost for his father told him.
When Hamlet schemes to mislead Gertrude in the meeting the closet. “Soft! Now to my mother. O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom: Let me be cruel, not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her, but use none; My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites; How in my words so ever she be shent, To give them seals never, my soul, consent!” (3.2.384-91)
When Claudius lies to everyone about the murder of Hamlet's father. He expresses guilt over his deception in an aside. The harlot’s cheek, beautied with plastering art, Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it Than is my deed to my most painted word: O heavy burthen! (3.1.50).

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