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Whos there 1I1 is the opening line of William Shakespeares play Hamlet a question asked by a soldier on guard duty A sentinel starting his midnight shift normally expects to relieve his fellow sentry as usual yet he still wonders and challenges the identity of his fellow sentry because he wonders if it may be someone spying The question displays that there is a need to assure that one is not being deceived Spying and deception introduce the play and continue to dominate the play contributing to a major theme of Hamlet The theme of appearance versus reality is developed through the deception and spying in the play The tone of deception is initiated by Hamlets uncle Claudius now the bestial King of Denmark Claudius murderous actions are revealed by Old Hamlets ghost The visitations explain the background to Denmarks deception The serpent that did sting thy fathers lifeNow wears his crown 1V39-40 The first speech by Claudius is well organized and is clever enough to conceal his deadly sin which was committed through ambition and possibly lust Ay that incestuous that adulterate beast With witchcraft of his wit with traitorous gifts- A witched wit and gifts that have the power So to seduce - won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen 1V42-46 On more than one occasion Claudius sends Rosencrants and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet Although they are supposed to be Hamlets schoolmates Claudius uses them as pawns in his attempt to reveal what Hamlet is doing Claudius gets Rosencrants and Guildenstern to accompany Hamlet on his way to be killed Although Claudius states that he loves Hamlet he arranges for Hamlet to be killed in England When his original plan is unsuccessful he schemes a trap for Hamlet to fall into The guilt from Claudius deception and spying eventually builds up on him O tis too true How smart a lash that speech doth give
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