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Theme Hamlet is one of the most celebrated tragedies filled with several different themes and is full of varying imagery I Introduction II Themes A Deception B Revenge C Appearance vs reality D Ambition and power E Disease and poison III Death IV Imagery A Metaphors B Similes C Images V Conclusion To Be or Not To Be Hamlet is one of Shakespeares most celebrated tragedies Written in 1602 during the English civil war it was first believed a lost tragedy by an unknown English author found in a collection of stories It was first written as poetry The actual Castle Elsinore was not built until after the play was written The text indicates the time and place through dialogue The play focuses on the central conflict of to be or not to be In Act II Hamlet says to Gertrude A bloody deed dear mother as bad as kill a king and marry his brother Contrary to popular belief the real tragedy of the play is not Hamlets himself but that of Poloniuss family whose deaths were not a result of their own sin but are manipulated by Hamlet and Claudius The themes present in this play are concentrated in two major issues the murder of Hamlets father and the marriage of Gertrude to Hamlets uncle The themes of deception revenge ambition politics and power disease and poison will be discussed in the order given The first is deception Claudius essentially deceives all of Elsinore He pretends to care for Gertrude her son and his deceased brother but he really marries Gertrude to acquire the throne He presents himself to others with the peoples best interest at heart Hamlet uses a little deception of his own when he aims his revenge plot another theme at Claudius He employs a thespian troupe Players to act out a skit that is intended to make Claudius reveal his guilt Hamlet
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