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A misleading image presented to the vision An illusion is the precise difference between the appearance and reality of someone or something What one sees and takes at face value is not always the truth and this is the exact technique that the Prince of Denmark uses in Shakespeares play The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark Hamlet hates King Claudius and cannot accept him as his father As a result Hamlet portrays a state of insanity throughout the play in an attempt to deceive King Claudius and avenge his fathers death Hamlet enhances his insane condition during his encounter with Ophelia and his confrontation with his mother The image of madness is Hamlets only option if he is to fulfill his oath to his father in murdering King Claudius Hamlets bizarre behavior of late leads the Lord Chamberlain Polonius to come to the conclusion that Hamlet may be mad due to his strong love and affection for Ophelia Polonius draws this conclusion from a letter that Ophelia received from Hamlet which reads Doubt thou the stars are fire Doubt that the sun doth move Doubt truth to be a liar But never doubt I love IIii124-127 With this letter Polonius persuades King Claudius into spying with him when Ophelia goes to visit Hamlet in the lobby When Ophelia meets Hamlet in the lobby Hamlet suspects that something is wrong and that Ophelia is apart of it To protect himself Hamlet has no choice but to destroy his relationship with Ophelia He does this through screams of madness violent pushing and harsh comments Hamlet denies his current fondness for Ophelia and tells her that she was foolish in believing in their love If that was not enough Hamlet goes so far as to shout Get thee to a nunnery IIIi131 This statement is derogative in many ways as its meaning can be interpreted as a convent or more ruthless a brothel In
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