Essay on William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Appearance Vs. Reality

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William Shakespeare is one of the worlds most famous play writers and poets of all history. His plays all consist of various themes and have different messages that he wishes to put across. In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the theme of appearance vs. reality, what seems to be vs. what it really is, is revealed constantly through out the play. The characters Hamlet, Polonius and Claudius portrayed this theme exceptionally well. These characters show others who they want to be seen as, while in reality are the complete opposite.
The character Hamlet was one who portrayed the theme of appearance vs. reality quite well. Throughout the play Hamlet appears to act insane but in reality is just pretending only to avenge his father’s death and to kill Claudius. After Hamlet finds out from the ghost that Claudius killed his father, hamlet says “how strange or odd so’er I bear myself (as I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on) that you, at such times seeing me, never shall” (Shakespeare Act 1, scene 5), Hamlet says that he will act insane to hide what his true intentions are (which are to kill Claudius) so in reality no one would find him suspicious or find out what his plan is. Therefore Hamlets only appears to act crazy to conceal his plan but in reality is completely sane.
Another way that Hamlet shows the theme of appearance vs. reality is through his love for Ophelia. Hamlet appeared to love Ophelia for some time but later he says to her “I did love…

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