The Theme Of Deception In William Shakespeare's Hamlet
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragedy spin off in The Kingdom of Denmark.
Shakespeare’s most popular play is structured with deception as a main device to reveal the truth behind lies. Throughout the play Shakespeare structures the play as a mystery waiting to be revealed through spying, deceitful lies, and destructive behavior. Deception is a theme used by
Hamlet to help distract everyone while he finds the truth behind the death of his father, and causes climax in this tragic play, turning friends into enemies.
Scant records exist of William 's childhood, and virtually none regarding his education.
He was born April 23, 1616, in Stratford –upon-Avon, United Kingdom to a middle class family.
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Laertes had his sword dressed in poison to kill
Hamlet, another deceitful move amongst a friend who is now a foe. During the fencing they switched swords causing both to be poisoned. Laertes deceitful ways have now caused him to die a slow death with Prince Hamlet. Though Laertes and Prince Hamlet have slit each other with the poison sword, waiting to die, Laertes apologizes by saying, “He is justly served, It is a poison tempered by himself, Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet, Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee, Nor thine on me”, ( Shakespeare, 5.2, 325). Prince Hamlet says, “Heaven make thee free of it. I follow thee, I am dead, Horatio, wretched queen, adieu, you that look pale and tremble at this chance, that are but mutes or audience to this act, had I but time (as this fell sergeant, Death, Is strict in his arrest), O, I could tell you, but let it be, Horatio, I am dead, Thou livest, report me and my cause aright, to the unsatisfied, (Shakespeare, 5.3, 330-335). Prince
Hamlet is saying goodbye to Horatio, and telling him that he has to tell everyone the truth …show more content…
He cries out forgiveness to Laertes who is already dead. Both Hamlet and Laertes were the only two to show remorse to each other after the deceitful and impulsive behavior they shown towards one another.
There are multiples of acts of deceptions throughout the play. Even before the play started, deception was used by King Claudius who killed King Hamlet before taking over his throne. Shakespeare uses deception to add drama to the climax. Just like how a television show would be. The more drama involved, the higher the climax of the whole story, which many times it ends as a tragedy. The play is structured with deception to form a plot. Without a plot, Hamlet wouldn’t have had to investigate to kill King Claudius for a play that long. He would’ve just killed King Claudius forming a typical play that everyone knows the ending too. Deceit even caused death to everyone who dies in the play. Prince Hamlet pretends to be mad throughout the play to distract King Claudius finding a way to make him confess to the murder of his father.
Procrastination of revenge led to a slow death for everyone, including Prince Hamlet himself.
Though he never got the truth from King Claudius, He finished the job, and killed the