Essay about Deception in Hamlet
Although these may be the best displays of Hamlet’s use of deception, Hamlet actually starts using deception in act II of the play, as Charles Boyce explains. Shakespeare A to Z by Charles Boyce reads, ”Ophelia reports that Hamlet has come to her and behaved as if he were insane” (234). This is Hamlet’s first attempt to draw attention away from his real plans, and divert attention to his false insanity. Hamlet also confirms at the end of act I of Hamlet that his insanity will, in fact, be false insanity. Hamlet says, “How strange or odd soe’er I bear myself” (1.5.174). This proves that Hamlet will only portray himself as insane. Deception can trick even the brightest of minds because what appears to the eye, might not be the reality. When being deceptive, there is chance that someone will see through the deceit and employ the use of counter-deception, which can cause a plan to fall apart at the hinges. The Shakespearean literature reference, Shakespeare A to Z, explains how deception can be fatal and put a plan to a standstill. The book says, “The king tells Hamlet that he is being sent to England immediately for his own safety. The king’s entourage escorts Hamlet to the boat, leaving the king to muse on his plot: he is sending letters to the English that threaten war unless they kill Hamlet immediately” (Boyce 235).