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Hamlet - Truth Behind a Veil of Falsities Hamlet an extremely famous play by William Shakespeare is an ever challenging piece that begs the fatal question of truth or lies Shakespeares characters constantly shift from sanity to insanity and good to evil By creating shuffling characters Shakespeare is able to keep his audience thinking until the very last moment of the play when most of the veils are lifted The theme of appearance versus reality is set off in the beginning of the play with Claudius murder of his brother continues with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and ends with Hamlets veil of insanity to protect himself from inquiring eyes Claudius is a prime example in the play of Hamlet that uses a veil of lies to cover his true intentions Claudius firstly murders his brother with poison to become the king He then hides the fact that he was his brothers murderer and goes on to marry Gertrude his sister-in-law Obviously Claudius shows the other characters one thing but the audience knows that he means otherwise Near the finale of Hamlet Claudius can no longer bear his sins but cannot come to terms with them as he is still possessed of those affects that he performed the murder for At this point in the play Claudius realizes his wrongdoings but is unable to clear himself of sin so he decides to continue his charade of a joyful appearance Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have both known Hamlet for a long period of time and are in Hamlets point of view his friends However when the King commands the pair to take Hamlet to England to have him killed they obey In doing so Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are masking their true intentions with yet another veil of lies and untruthfulness Hamlet unfortunately knows that his supposed friends are unfaithful to him and hints to his friends that he knows their hostile intentions by making statements like as easy
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