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As the young prince of Denmark Hamlet tries to uncover the truth of his fathers death he has no one to turn to Many of the characters within the play appear to be genuine and honest but are really infested with evil Not knowing who is actually genuine and honest Hamlet trusts no one Shakespeare develops a theme of appearance vs reality where Hamlets dedication to the truth is stressed in contrast to the appearance which others serve Many of the characters seem to hide behind masks which give the impression they are sincere and genuine when in reality they are plagued with lies and evil notably Claudius In order for the truth to be revealed Hamlet must disguise himself and real motives to find out what is real and what not From the very beginning Hamlet questions the motives of his uncle Claudius who has just married Gertrude his mother the queen As the plays goes on he finds his father was murdered by the newly crowned king Hamlet cannot share his feelings with his mother because she is literally sleeping with the enemy This is where Hamlets distrust begins He uses the expression shows of griefthat a man might play to develop the theme of appearance vs reality while referring to Claudius He realizes that Claudius is willing to do anything to stay king of Denmark obviously including betraying Gertrude Gertrude believes that Claudius loves Hamlet when on the contrary Claudius hates him and is plotting his murder Hamlet knows he cannot trust the other woman in his life Ophelia because she has taken the side of Claudius because of her father Polonius There is no real reason that Polonius has given Ophelia not to trust him because Polonius has always given the illusion of being a loving caring father Polonius however is only interested in the appearances of things Polonius tries to convince Ophelia that
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