October 30th, 2015
Honesty and integrity are never found in Hamlet
Honesty and integrity can both be described as good qualities, but they are interpreted in different ways, honesty is quality of truthfulness and sincerity. While integrity can be described as the possession of a strong moral principles, and the righteous acts committed by a character. William Shakespeare uses multiple forms of deception and immoral acts in almost every scene in the play Hamlet. Proving that there is neither honesty, nor integrity in the play.
Different forms of deception are present in the play Hamlet. Including dishonesty, and manipulating the truth. The first major point to contradict honesty, and prove deception in the
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Integrity is definitely missing from the play Hamlet, and that is evident in many occasions in the play. The first major point to disprove integrity in the play is Claudius’ kingship, and the way he earned the throne. As the ghost of old king Hamlet told his son “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life, now wears his crown” (I, v, 39-40). In the beginning of the play Claudius is crowned as the new king of Denmark. After the death of his brother old king Hamlet, but no one knew that he actually murdered his brother while he was asleep to attain the kingship and marry his brother’s wife, Gertrude. Thus deceiving the whole kingdom by concealing the horribly immoral crime he committed by killing his own brother. Therefore, this is a strong indication of the immoral sense and the lack of integrity in the play Hamlet. Secondly, Hamlet shows an immoral and unnecessary ruthless behavior through his antic disposition. When Hamlet switches his name in Claudius’ letter to the king of England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s names, he therefore sends them to their execution. However, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern did not even know what was on the letter. They were only doing their job by following their king’s orders to deliver Hamlet to the king of England. “They are not near my conscience. Their defeat does by their own insinuation grow” (V, ii, 58-59). In the previous quote Hamlet was replying to Horatio