Appropriate Conclusion In Hamlet

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It is often by immediate sight that leads one to believe they can draw accurate conclusions based on another individual’s behaviour or presentation without possessing the evidence which supports their theory. In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, individuals are led to view others through their appearance rather than obtaining the knowledge of who they truly are. Ultimately, assuming the truth through false assumptions of others leads characters to their death, exposure, and reputable downfall. Characters in Hamlet are exposed through how they or others appear versus who they actually are. To start, Claudius exposes himself as the heartless person he’s always been as he refuses to stop Gertrude from consuming poison which is intended …show more content…
Relatively towards the start of the play, the love affair between Hamlet and Ophelia is introduced. Numerous times, Ophelia is warned by both her father Polonius, and brother Laertes, that Hamlet will make false vows and won’t want a real relationship. Ophelia obeys her family and ends their relationship. However, Hamlet confronts Ophelia and discovers through her make-up, why they can no longer be together, Hamlet says: “I have heard of your paintings too, well enough. / God hath given you one face, and you make / yourselves another” (Shakespeare 3.1. 142-143). Hamlet exposes Ophelia by examining her make-up. When he says: “God hath given you one face,” He means that she has been born with one identity and she chooses to cover herself with another. This makes reference to the fact that Ophelia has cracked under the pressure from her family to no longer be in a relationship with Hamlet though she does truly love him. This is proved when Ophelia takes her own life as she has nothing in her world anymore because Hamlet is no longer a part of her life. Overall, Hamlet exposes Ophelia by uncovering that she is loyal to her father and doesn’t make her own choices which disguises her true

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