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Hamlet one of Shakespeares greatest plays where the young prince of Denmark must uncover the truth about his fathers death Hamlet a play that tells the story of a young prince whos fatherrecently died Hamlets uncle Claudius marries his mother the queen and takes the throne As the play is told Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by the recently crowned king The theme that remains constant throughout the play is appearance versus reality Things within the play appear to be true and honest but in reality are infested with evil Many of the characters within the play hide behind a mask of falseness Four of the main characters that hid behind this mask are Polonius Rosencrantz Guildenstern the king Cluadius From behind this mask they give the impression of a person who is sincere and genuine in reality they are plagued with lies and evil Their appearances will make it very difficult for Hamlet to uncover the truth Polonius the kings royal assistant has a preoccupation with appearance He always wants to keep up the appearance of a loving and caring person Polonius appears to be a man who loves and cares about his son Laertes Polonius gives his son some advice that sounds sincere but in reality it is rehearsed hollow and without feeling Polonius gives his advice only to appear to be the loving and caring father The reality is that he only does this to make himself look better in other peoples eyes to look good rather then actually be good And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry This above all to thine own self be true And it must follow as the night the day Thou canst not then be false to any man Farewell my blessing season this in thee Act 1 Polonius gives his son Laertes his blessing to go away he sends a spy to follow him and keep an
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