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Appearance vs Reality in HamletShakespeares Hamlet is the tale of a young prince determined to uncover thetruth about his fathers recent death Hamlets uncle and also the deceased kingsbrother Claudius marries his mother the queen and therefore takes the throne In thebeginning of the story Hamlet is told by the apparition of his dead father that it wasClaudius who in fact murdered him The theme that remains consistent throughout thetragedy is appearance versus reality The characters introduced to us throughout the playappear to be pure and honest but in reality are infested with evil They deceitfully hidebehind a mask of integrity Four main dishonest characters which are found to bedisguised with righteousness are Polonius Rosencrantz Guildenstern and the freshlycrowned king Claudius The first impression presented by these characters are ones oftruth honor and morality they are all plagued by evilness and lies in reality Theirappearances serve as obstacles for Hamlet as he struggles to discover the hidden truth The kings royal assistant Polonius has a great preoccupation with appearance He continually gives the impression of being an affectionate and caring person He isintroduced as a father who deeply cares for his son Laertes Polonius speaks to Laerteswith advice which sounds sincere yet in truth is rehearsed empty and without feeling He gives the advice to make others believe he is a strong loving role-model type of afather He is similar to a politician He speaks strong influential words but does notactually mean what he is saying sincerely in the least Polonius grants his son his blessingAnd borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry This above all to thine own self be trueAnd it must follow as the night the day Thou canst not then be false to any man Farewell my blessing season this in thee Hamlet 46 Within his speech to Laertes Polonius advises him to not borrow from others to remaintrue to himself and not to lie Polonius appears to be a caring and
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