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How does betrayal or treachery help in developing the main character What it reveals about the characters Use a theme How betrayal was a theme and how if affected the main character William Shakespeare one of the most influential writers in history was renowned for masterfully elaborating themes of real life into his pieces of literature In fact his plays were able to transcend time influencing the course of western literature because of their universal thematic In one of Shakespeares most acclaimed plays Hamlet the author dissects the common theme of betrayal Although the play carries the name of its main protagonist all characters play crucial roles in the development of the many layers of meaning of the intricate plot and the character of Hamlet himself Four characters in particular play important roles in developing a predominant theme in Hamlet From the beginning of the play to the end Hamlet experiences a development of character through the betrayals of Gertrude Ophelia Rosencrantz and Gildernstern When the play opens Hamlets relationship with his mother was very close Nonetheless after his mother married his uncle only two months after his fathers death Hamlet suspected that she was involved in the plot to murder his father Consequently Hamlets feeling and trust in his mother were greatly diminished These incestuous actions by Hamlets mother the most important woman in his life added the distrust of women to Hamlets feelings He mocked his mother the seeming virtuous queen with phrases like frailty thy name is woman and such dexterity to incestuous sheets His words not only illustrated his disgust frustration and disappointment towards his mother and women in general but also established Hamlets sense of isolation A young man such as Hamlet often puts his mother on a pillar and uses her as a comparison as to how all women are to behave Gertrudes behaviour provided Hamlet with a false sense of security and distorted his views on
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