English 2 H
April 1, 2015
Hamlet Theme Essay The themes of Appearance vs. Reality are very prominent in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Throught the story many characters act in a deceitful manner in an attempt to seem like an innocent pawn in the game of life, when in reality they are the most corrupt characters in the play. Polonius an excellent example of appearance vs. reality. Throught the story Polonius seems to be a loyal servant to the kingdom, serving the previous and current king as a personal adviser. To the average citizen in the kingdom Polonius seems to be just as loyal of an adviser to King Claudius, but Hamlet exposes Polonius to be a deceitful man, who by supporting the new king has betrayed his
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Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!” (Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82) it can be seen as an ironic statement because Polonius himself has not stayed true to his kingdom and his fellow man in the eyes of Hamlet. Hamlet’s own mother Gertrude can also be used to illustrate appearance vs. reality. She too almost instantaneously became a loyal member of king Claudius’ new kingdom to stay in power and continue her life even though her husband has died. Gertrude appears to love king Claudius but truly has only married him for the power that comes with being queen. Hamlet confronts his mother about her disloyalty by saying “My father’s brother, but no more like my father, than I to Hercules. Within a month, Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her gallèd eyes, She married. O most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not nor it cannot come to good, But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.” (Hamlet Act 1, scene 2, 154–161) by showing how quickly his mother betrayed his father and married Claudius “before the tears of the kingdom could even dry” proves that Gertrude had more than love on her mind when marrying Claudius.
Although Hamlet seems to uncover most of the acts that his fellow characters perform during the play for their own personal gain, he too puts on a “show” to help himself throughout the play, Hamlet uses the fact that he is thought to