Hamlet Deception Analysis

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Everyone sees the play Hamlet as this great tragedy and a quest for revenge, and it is one, but it’s also filled with so much deception. The characters lie to each other, they spy and create plans to find out information. Their use of hidden yet obvious deception just goes to show how rotton human beings can be with each other and how easily they can turn on one another to further themselves to get what they want. It eventually shows that by using all your energy towards a plan of revenge, can cause self deception. In this story, Shakespeare uses certain structures to reveal that by using deceit one may actually be able to get to the truth. This play stands as an example to let people into the ideas that these characters also have thoughts, …show more content…
Throughout the entire play Hamlet himself puts on a sort of “charade” to hide his evil intentions and buy himself some time to commit his uncle for his crimes. The way he acts shows that he doesn’t want to be detected as a threat and sent away before he can make …show more content…
Although many people are aware of the deceiving plots that they are conceiving, Hamlet isn’t fully aware that he is deceiving himself. He doesn’t fully realize what he is doing is wrong because he is blinded by the idea that he has to be the one to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet deceives himself by convincing himself that there isn’t anything wrong with what he’s doing even when in the first act he talked about how awful deception was and how he doesn't do it. “Seems, Madam? Nay, it is. I know not “seems.”/ ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,/ Nor customary suits of solemn black,/ nor windy suspiration of forced breath,/ No, nor the fruitful river in the eye” (Hamlet 1.2.76-80) In these lines, he’s basically stating that he feels all the pain from his father’s death, there is no reason for him to lie about his feelings. He almost makes it seem as if he takes offense that she would make such an accusation because he is not the person to deceive. But this is completely contradictory to the entire play because he easily turns to deception as soon as he realizes what he can do with it. Hamlet is a hypocrite by doing this, by making multiple claims and going against them whenever it benefits him. Another hidden way that Hamlet deceives himself is that he

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