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In the play Hamlet there is a theme that remains constant throughout the play It is appearance versus reality that is when something is not what it seems Polonius Guildenstern and Rosencrantz and King Claudius are the two main characters that appear to be something they are not Both Claudius and Polonius from the outside give off the impression of a person who is sincere and genuine The reality of the two is completely different than what is put on for show Claudius is the one that killed King Hamlet and is married to his wife In front of people he would act as a normal king and brother would but on the inside he is evil and demonical He can sit there and take over the throne knowing he was the cause of the Kings death While also holding a meeting and discussing the death of King Hamlet Eventually he decides to send Hamlet to England where the unexpecting Hamlet will be killed Guildenstern and Rozencrantz add to the theme because they go to Hamlet as friends Asking him all sorts of questions When in reality they were sent to him by the King and Polonius to find out certain information The once friends of Hamlet appeared to be helping and being friends to Hamlet but in reality were sent as spies Polonius worries too much about what people think about him He always wants to keep up the appearance of loving and caring person Polonius appears like a man who loves and cares about his son Laertes He gives his advice to his son to make is seem that he is a good father looking out for the well being of his children But in reality is he only speaks to look 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
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