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HAMLET ESSAY Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadnt had an audience and lines to speak gone insane if he hadnt attempted to deceive the world and himself The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise For where a mans intentions are published it is an alarum to call up all that are against them The second is to reserve a mans self a fair retreat for if a man engage himself by a manifest declaration he must go through or take a fall The third is the better to discover the mind of another For to him that opens himself men will hardly show themselves adverse but will fair let him go on and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought Francis Bacon English philosopher Of Simulation and Dissimulation The second reason was the reason Hamlet could not make up his mind a simple statement of his intent to avenge his fathers death would have left only the choice that he vowed to take The main problem that Hamlet had to overcome was the web of deceit that everyone in the play seemed to be weaving when ever it appeared the web would fall apart a new deceit would come into the play A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths Marina Tsvetaeva Russian poet Pushkin and Pugachev Claudius lies about the death of Hamlet his brother the king of Denmark saying he was killed by a snake bite when he was actually killed by poison poured in his ear by his brother Claudius We are under the impression that this is literal but it could be simply advice that was intended to kill the king eg Rest in the garden when he knows there is a venomous serpent present I became a virtuoso of deceit It wasnt pleasure I was after it
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