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The play of Hamlet by William Shakespeare tells the story of a tragedy in Denmark In the story almost all of the main characters Polonius Claudius and Hamlet give an appearance of being respectable individuals When one examines these characters closely one finds each character reveals a darker and more malignant nature As characters plot out their own agendas the reader sees just how much appearance versus reality plays a role in Hamlet On first glance Polonius seems fatherly and warm but his selfish and distrustful heart shows in his actions For example Polonius parallels a politician in the manner in which he takes care of his family Lecturing Ophelia Polonius shows her his paternal love and care Letting Laertes go to Paris Polonius reveals his fatherly trust in his son Even though Polonius gives his blessing season 1386 to Laertes the blessing carries no truth since he sends Reynaldo to make inquire of his behavior 214-5 or in other words to spy on him By spying on his son Polonius shows his selfishness because he wants to know if Laertes dishonors the family name Yet again showing his selfish nature Polonius lectures Ophelia on his opinion of Hamlet which appears fatherly but he uses her to eavesdrop and spy on Hamlet Though he loves his children he loves himself more When Claudius kills his brother King Hamlet he reveals his black heart similar to the heart of biblical Cain who kills his brother While Claudius appears as a loving fatheruncle to Hamlet a loving husband to Gertrude and a proper king in reality he exists as a deceitful greedy murderous king The evil in Claudius permeates every aspect of his dark life while he tries to appear as thy loving father 4359 to Hamlet and the reader Claudius knows that madness in great ones must not unwatched go 31203 since he also knows that a mad man with the correct position in a hierarchy
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