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Daniel Webster once stated The world is governed more by appearances than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it In other words much of what goes on in the world is due to what people think rather than what actually is therefore the only thing one must do is present himself in the way he wants others to believe he truly is The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare best exemplifies this quote by the use of various literary devices including characterization symbols and soliloquies The play makes several references to how things appear versus the truth Through Shakespeares in depth development of the theme of appearance vs reality nearly everything in the tragedy must be questioned at some point due to the uncertainty of appearances Firstly the theme of appearance vs reality is established at the very beginning of the play when the dead King appears to have been bitten by a snake In reality he has been poisoned Also early in the play the Ghost appears as an apparition from hell but he is actually there to serve a purpose He is in truth revealing the facts to Hamlet about the reality of his fathers death as well as foreshadowing the death and destruction in Denmark Hamlets doubt in the apparition causes the most important aspect of the theme to come alive Hamlets appearance of being mad Having the death of his father still in mind and the recent remarrying of his mother Hamlet cannot go on playing the part of a Prince He begins to resent the way that things appear to run as normal Shakespeare uses a soliloquy by the young Hamlet in Act I scene ii to portray these dreadful feelings of hatred towards his mother Naturally when Hamlet finds out from his fathers ghost that his uncle was the Kings murderer his life again has purpose Now his only
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