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During the play Hamlet Shakespeare cleverly and carefully constructs imagery that writhes in the readers mind and keeps them second guessing everything and taking nothing at face value Nearly every character goes through at least one significant change throughout the story At times each character may seem pure and good and at other times the same character is a corruptible vengeful human being Shakespeare repeatedly uses imagery of a poison creeping through Elsinore infecting everyone and also images of painting so nothing is as it seems The careful combination of these two sets of imagery create an aura of mystery that captivates the reader fills them with intrigue Shakespeare starts his imagery of a diseased poison creeping through society early on in Hamlets soliloquy in which he compares the kingdom to an unweeded garden The images of poison are much more easily invoked when a real life poison is used in the story Since poison was used to kill King Hamlet and eventually Claudius Gertrude Prince Hamlet and Laertes the reader has poison on the mind The poison seems to be oozing through everyone beginning with Hamlets uncle Claudius His mom his advisor Polonius his friends Guildenstern and Rosencrantz his girlfriend Ophelia and eventually himself seem to be corrupted and using base methods to accomplish their goals Every character in this play shows that they are capable of evil and underhand methods and this transformation oozes slowly through the characters as a poison seeps through the blood Things never are not always what they seem to be and this becomes a harsh reality for Hamlet in the play In his mind people seem to be fake just as if they were painted over Ophelia his girlfriend was spying on Hamlet at the request of her dad His friends Guildenstern and Rosencrantz were also hired to spy on him People seem to be painted to be disguised from who they really are This idea
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