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On How Tragedy Leads to Deception in The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark In the play The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark William Shakespeare has used the theme of deception and how its use by one or more characters leads to their downfall Polonius explicitly stated this theme when he said to Laertes in I ii By indirections find directions out Each major character in Hamlet in his or her own way provided an example of this theme By using deceit the characters in Hamlet employed methods to fulfill their own agenda an action that ultimately resulted in tragedy Shakespeares use of deception is seen most clearly in Hamlets actions He began to act mad early in the play in order to manipulate his friends Hereafter I shall put an antic disposition on Iv171-2 Hamlet swore to use this antic disposition to uncover his fathers murderer He used this performance as a tool of artifice in order to cover up his true feelings Hamlet went too far however and his underhanded plan began to work against him By not coming clean with those he trusts most Hamlet served to alienate them from himself and from his cause of avenging his fathers death In III i Hamlet said to Ophelia God hath given you a face and you make yourself another Prince Hamlet hypocritically attacked her for concealing her opinions while he counterfeited his own opinions with the antic disposition Ophelia is not the only character he acted mad toward he used the same duplicity toward all characters in the play When speaking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern for example he asked them to be even and direct with him but did not inform them of the intent behind his own deceitful actions As shown when Rozencrantz said to Hamlet You bar the door upon your own liberty if you deny telling your griefs to your friends IIIii317-8 Hamlet had not been
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