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The theme of entrapment can be seen throughout Shakespeares Hamlet This theme is used to show how human beings exist in a world where to live is to act and to act is ultimately to be caught in a sequence of events beyond individual control This existential dilemma of the play can be seen operating through the language used by the characters in the physical and psychological entrapments and entrapments of fate The language of the play shows how the characters set physical entrapments for each other that eventually cause them to lose control of the lives Polonius plan to trap Ophelia can be seen through his use of diction Through this attempt Shakespeare shows how humans tend to trap others in a web so that they cannot be free to do as they please Polonius use of words such as tether and catch are employed to show that he is trying to keep his daughter away from Hamlet and for himself To keep her trapped would be to keep a daughter by not giving her control of her life However Polonius later counters his trap set for Ophelia by trying to trap Hamlet After being informed of Hamlets tenders of affections towards Ophelia Polonius takes action to ensnare Hamlet for his own gain Polonius attempts to prove to the king that Hamlets madness is due to his love for Ophelia The trap he sets for Hamlet goes wrong when Hamlet after recently having seen the ghost of his father shows no affection for Ophelia Instead Hamlet pushes her out of his life by telling her to get herself to a nunnery Polonius effort to raise his status by trapping Hamlet into marrying his daughter backfires and at length causes him to lose control over his life Another physical trap that is used to show how humans tend to fix each other in events above control is Hamlets play titled The Mousetrap This
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