Essay on Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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The play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the connection between revenge, hypocrisy, and deception, hævn, hykleri and bedrag in Hamlet’s native Danish, is revealed. In the play, Hamlet is the prince of Denmark. His father, King Hamlet of Denmark, has died and his uncle, Claudius, marries Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, in order to become the King of Denmark. Hamlet is in terrible grief for his loss, and is angry at his mother for marrying so quickly. Both Hamlet and Claudius use deception to achieve their goals of revenge and legitimacy, in doing so, they both are being hypocritical. In the end, they are both betrayed by their deceptions.
Later, a ghost claiming to be the spirit of King Hamlet, informs Hamlet that his father’s death may not have been natural, as the ghost suggests that Claudius poisoned Old King Hamlet. Hamlet becomes suspicious of the ghost when he mentions that his sins “are burnt and purged away” (23), showing that the spirit is in Purgatory. This causes Hamlet to doubt the ghost, as he is likely a Protestant, and does not believe in the Catholic idea of Purgatory. Hamlet believes the ghost could instead be an evil spirit, "The spirit I have seen/May be a devil, and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape" (50). Hamlet’s doubt of the ghost causes him to delay the revenge on Claudius that the phantom is insisting on. Hamlet chooses to verify the ghost’s claims and investigate it himself.
In order to cover up his future actions while…

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