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No one who can truly understand Shakespeare can be shocked because everything we want and everything we do not want is contained within it is mans ultimate truth Shakespeares work is the ultimate truth for mankind No utter surprise can come to him who reaches Shakespeares core that which we seek and shun is there--mans final lore H Melville was saying that Shakespeare contains the best and the worst in man and shows its truth William Shakespeare in his piece Hamlet effectively used characterization and dialog to express the idea that there is often a difference between appearance and reality William Shakespeare effectively used characterization to help support the main idea of Hamlet Characterization was used effectively to first introduce Hamlet into the play Shakespeare used a series of puns to show that Hamlet is sarcastic and intelligent and that he dislikes the king and has little respect for him When Shakespeare wrote A little more than kin and less than kind Act I Scene II Lines 68-69 Hamlet was saying that he is now twice related to Claudius as a son and as a nephew and that he is not like Claudius and he is not kind to him It showed Hamlets cynicism and intelligence Shakespeare also used dialogue effectively to help demonstrate the underlying theme in Hamlet Since the entire story is a play it is presented through dialogue For example when Hamlet gave instructions to the players for the play-within-a-play it showed the difference between appearance and reality Hamlet gave the players instructions to add a scene which resembled the murder of Hamlets father The players appeared to be performing a simple play but it was actually a plan by Hamlet to catch the king The plays the thing wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King Act II Scene II Lines 612-613 Hamlet wanted to use the players and the play and watch the reaction of Claudius to prove that he
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