The Tragedy of Hamley in William Shakespeare's Play

The Tragedy of Hamley in William Shakespeare's Play

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The Tragedy of Hamley in William Shakespeare's Play

Appearance vs. Reality is one of the main theme and stylistic device
used in the play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Most
characters in the play are unpredictable, unless audience analysis
every bits and pieces of the text in order to find the truth, really
to see inside the real character. This form of stylistic device can be
very interesting in a play because sometimes there are soliloquies,
irony, or even foreshadowing. Appearance vs. Reality is a challenge
for the character in the play, because there’s other character’s in
the play doesn’t know what’s going on in the other character’s mind.
Although some characters predict or tries to find out what’s on the
other character’s mind and this can be a bravery or foolish attempt
because he/she would get killed in later on in the story. In the play,
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark one of the main appearance
vs. reality change would be the feeling of both King Claudius and
Hamlet, at the beginning to just two scenes away. Appearance vs.
Reality adds a feature to the play, and twists the play in many
different directions for the audiences.

In Act I, Scene II lines: “Take thy fair hour, Laertes; time be thine,
And thy best graces spend it at thy will! But now, my cousin Hamlet,
and my son,--” Claudius expresses his feelings for the main character
Hamlet, Prince and son of Old Hamlet. Claudius expression doesn’t
influence Hamlet in anyways, because King Claudius who’s his uncle
married his mother, Queen Gertrude wife of the Old Hamlet. Hamlet
suspects that they might be related to the death, and his feeling
towards his Uncle is suspicious and he feels betrayal towards his
mother for marring his uncle. In the above quote it might seem that
Claudius feeling towards Hamlet is affection although he feels
suspicious, and is planning in back if his mind. Further on in the
after Hamlet’s found out about his father’s death and that his uncle

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was the murderer from the ghost of old Hamlet, Hamlet’s feelings for
Claudius became strong suspiciousness and pure hatred. After talking
to Old Hamlet, Hamlet decides to play mad; it takes place in Act I,
Scene IV. In Act III, Scene I, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s
childhood friends are talking to both King Claudius and Queen Gertrude
about Hamlet and Guildenstern comments that Hamlet’s madness is
crafty. Hamlet’s act of madness is a great example of appearance vs.
reality theme because it shows the audience directly how a person’s
can be different internally and externally in a moment of seconds at

Other Character in the play such as Queen Gertrude, Lord Polonius,
both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Ophelia and Horatio are few of the
characters that are related to the main character, Hamlet. Queen
Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, and wife of King Claudius, doesn’t seem
affected after Old Hamlet’s death, but inside her she’s got lots of
affection for him and feels guilt towards his death. Act III, Scene
IV indicates then when Hamlet talked to his mother about everything he
did and how he feels about him marrying Claudius and how much she
loved Old Hamlet, and her betrayal for Old Hamlet, she says: “O, speak
to me no more; These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears; No more,
sweet Hamlet!” (Act III, Scene IV). That shows that she is guilty and
also proves that she is not a very strong character internally, just
like Claudius. Towards the end of Scene IV Queen Gertrude pronounces:
“O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.” (Act III, Scene IV), it
means that her heart’s broken, in other words she has realized her
mistakes and it always shows that she’s still got love for Old Hamlet.
Lord Polonius, who plays the right man of the King is a very tricky
and twisted character, as he talks a lot and heard carefully some of
his lines have links to others, which is foreshadowing. Lord Polonius
was killed in the Queen’s room while trying to spy on Hamlet, in order
to prove his not innocent. Polonius is very important to King
Claudius, because he usually gives Claudius ideas and he is a very
influential person. Lord Polonius is plays important parts in the
play, he is the usual comedian, who basically jokes about everything
and talks a lot, and many of his text is important because they
contains his true personality. His not a very strong character to hide
his reality and show something else as his appearance, and his very
important to the king as mentioned above.

Both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are childhood friends of Hamlet, and
they were brought to Denmark to spy on Hamlet for the King. They are
both weak characters internally, and it can be proven when
Guildenstern said: “My lord, we were sent for.” (Act II, Scene II)
This shows that these two character’s reality is stronger then their
appearances and that they are weak. Hamlet’s love Ophelia can be
demanded at for anything by the king or her father. She was told to by
her father to talk to Hamlet, while they spied on them, but Hamlet was
always two steps ahead of them, he told nobody about his plan except
for his trustworthy friend Horatio. Towards the end of the play
Ophelia drives into madness for the losses and later on drowns and
dies. Horatio is a very intelligent person with lots integrity, and is
Hamlet’s companion; together with Hamlet he seeks the truth about the
Old Kings death. Horatio is the last person standing at the end of the
play, to tell the whole tragedy to the ambassador, and the King of
Norway. Horatio doesn’t relate much to the theme of appearance vs.
reality because his a honest person whose by Hamlet’s side.

Therefore as conclusion one of the main theme of the play The Tragedy
of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is appearance vs. reality. Many
characters in the play have spilt personality and have an appearance
which doesn’t relate to their actually self. Characters such as
Hamlet, Claudius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Queen Gertrude are
good examples of characters that have an appearance which is different
from reality, and they have reasons they believe is right. As a result
such a theme, act and Literati-cal device entertains the audience, and
keeps the audiences at the edge of their seats.
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