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One of the most fundamental questions in philosophy is the one of appearance vs reality We find ourselves asking the question of what is genuinely real and what is viewed merely as just an appearance and not real It becomes difficult when we assume there is a difference in the two to determine which is which Generally what we label as real is regarded as external and eternal What we refer to as just an appearance is regarded as temporary and internal Many early as well as modern day authors use the theme of appearance vs reality to portray a character in a certain way The theme of Appearance vs Reality is extremely noted in Williams Shakespeares Hamlet This play can be summarized as a young princes journey in life to discover the truth of his fathers death Throughout the story you learn much about the deceitfulness that the characters portray Claudius who is Hamlets uncle as well as the kings brother deceitfully marries the recently widowed queen taking the throne In the beginning of the story it is believed that Claudius actually murdered his brother the king Many of the characters in the story are viewed as being honest and innocent characters but in reality they are evil in their actions as well as in their speeches There are really four dishonest characters that I saw as being relevant to the theme of appearance vs reality and they are Polonius Rosencrantz Guildenstern and the newly crowned king Claudius When these characters are first being introduced in this story they tend to come across as being truthful and honorable but in all reality they have many evil sides that show when they play their deceitful roles against Hamlet as well as the people of Denmark Their innocent appearances become difficult obstacles for Hamlet as he struggles trying to find the truth behind his fathers death for he is unsure of whom he can trust When
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