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In many of Shakespeares plays we can see the definite use of appearance versus reality Appearance versus reality is such a popular tool that is used in Shakespeares masterpieces because it can be seen in our everyday lives There are many occasions where we portray ourselves to be someone we are not as well as times when we see other people for what they are not One of the most prominent plays in which we see the theme of appearance versus reality is Hamlet Within the play we see how Prince Hamlet feigns his madness in order to avenge his fathers death Hamlets madness is feigned because he openly declares his madness he does not act on impulse and is in constant contact with Horatio When individuals openly state that they have a mental problem it is very possible that that particular person is fibbing and just searching for attention Most people who have a mental problem are not aware of it which can lead to unbelievable behaviour at times Prince Hamlet was sane and just seeking the attention of individuals to prove Claudius guilt Directly from the beginning of the play when Hamlet speaks to the ghost who is supposedly Hamlets father he tells Horatio and Marcellus And therefore as a stranger give it welcome There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio Than are dreamt of in your philosophy But come Here as before never so help you mercy How strange or odd someer I bear myself As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on That you at such times seeing me never shall With arms encumbred thus or this head-shake Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase As Well well we know or We could an if we would Or If we list to speak or There be an if they might Or such ambiguous giving out to note That you know aught
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